Apr 012011

When it’s 56 degrees on a sunny spring day, and the day lilies begin to sprout in your garden, it can be challenging to stay focused enough to finish a creative project. I almost did not get around to photographing the fingerless gloves below for Week 13 of the 52 Weeks Challenge—not because of any desire to garden (actually, I detest yard work)—but because I was occupied with gathering numbers in preparation for a meeting with our tax accountant, right on the heels of completing my father’s tax paperwork. But those dreaded tasks are now behind me, and ahead of me is a list of much more delightful creative projects.

I’m still trying to decide, when it comes to especially tedious left brain tasks, whether it takes more energy to procrastinate or complete the job. It’s likely a toss-up. In any event, after I finish such work I often don’t immediately feel particularly creative.  When this happens, I just have to sit back and do something entirely different, such as read a book or magazine, browse through blogs, listen to music, or simply take a walk. It’s helpful for me to sift through fabrics, too, or to organize yarns while my mind wanders. Afterward, I feel refreshed, and the urge to create is once more knocking on my door. It seems ironic, doesn’t it, that in order to play effectively (i.e., create), you have to play in a different way? I think I agree wtih Swiss psychologist Carl Jung when he says, “The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct.”

What revives your creative juices after left brain tasks have taken over?

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