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Sunday, May 13, 2012

It's already May!

So the plan in my previous post to increase my productivity had some unforeseen ramifications. I realized that after my relaxation habits changed due to my normal relaxation activities being removed that my inability to satisfy my career goals was not due to being distracted. It was instead due to being unfocused. I have so many productive and unproductive hours in the day. I've actually heard recently that there was a measurable drop in blood glucose whenever you use your brain actively. Anyway if I can be more focused with my productive time then I can make better use of it.

Currently I have 3 activities that seem to properly use my productive time. Working (at By-Dzign), Life Drawing, and Ice Skating.

Ice Skating:

I'm actually getting really good at ice skating (by my own standards). I'm constantly challenging myself to feel comfortable doing different and new things. I've only been skating about 12 times or so and it has been on a weekly basis for the past 3 months. Having it be consistently on the weekends seems to really help how quickly I improve.

Life Drawing:

I'm feeling more and more proud of my drawings the more I do them. Kevin always talked about getting in that 10,000 hours of practice. The more weekly Life Drawing sessions I go to the better I've been feeling lately about my skills. It's also really enjoyable to have this focused time practice.
The imgur album is of the life drawing drawings that I've done. Just a highlight of a few of my favorite. I was going to share the rest of the drawings too but Photoshop is not being very cooperative tonight so I'm going to give it a rest for now.

Work (By-Dzign):
Lately I've been feeling more productive, and actually I've been enjoying my work as of late.
I think the important thing that all of these activites have is that they all happen on a regular basis at the same time every day/week. So if I can manage my focus time and my relax time well I can work better toward my goals!

I like being my own science experiment sometimes. Right now I'm wondering how long it will take me to get back to being someone who is always at his computer again. I kind of don't think I ever will, because when my relaxation habits changed I feel like I became a lot more mature, and now that I feel more comfortable being more social I'll always go out and seek socialization. But who knows what will happen.

— Ty

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