Pacing

Day 130 Week 19 Q2 Thursday, May 9, 2024

Yes, I know that you are a creative powerhouse, as most creative outliers are. I also know from personal experience that if you don’t take enough time to rest and take care of yourself and eat reasonably well, that is to say properly, your creativity will not be sustainable.

I also know that it takes longer to recover from creative binges as you get older. You tend to ignore sleep, food, people, and other responsibilities. You may be addicted to the adrenaline rush, but this is not a very good addiction as we age.

In other words, it is possible to spend tomorrow yesterday. What I mean by that is if you stay up really late and then don’t get enough sleep. The next day does not work very well. And by the time you have enough naps and other recovery activities to feel normal again well the day is mostly gone, which is how we all get into the cycle occasionally of staying up later and later until we’ve stayed up so late it is tomorrow we are going to sleep and then we have trashed that day.

I know we all like to be in the present moment and get driven by deadlines, but if you don’t think about tomorrow today, then when you get there, it is broken. The good news is that you can recover from this by wasting a day recovering. I suppose it conceivable that you could’ve accomplished so much by staying up late; it is worth it. And sometimes, it is, but if you make a habit of it, it is not sustainable, and you eventually trash yourself. Which is why I used to say that I boogie until I dropped.

As a young person, this did work. It was a very natural delimiter. It did not require any discipline at all. You simply went until you couldn’t go anymore. And then you rested until you recovered. And this was fine when you can go for several days with our rest and then just relax a few extra hours and make up for it. Well, those days are gone. I used to be able to lift my piano, but I am no longer able to do so.

I guess the point I am making is that being more organized and disciplined than not will permit you to live far longer and far more productively.

The good news is, I am no longer wasting inventory of my time burning rubber because now I don’t have enough energy to do so frequently, and therefore, I have more traction and get more done. A lot of extra energy I had an abundance was evidently wasted. I am not sure I got more done in the past than I get done now.