Someone told me recently that there is no point in ‘knowing’, as other people only value you for what you ‘do’. While I’ve been writing, the two have been intimately linked. I’ve experimented to confirm my hypothesis that the less focused I am, the more conceptual connections I make and creative ideas I have, suggesting that in any period of time, productivity and creativity lie in opposite directions. I grow ever more certain that creative ideas are what allows humans to make our great leaps forward, so that things we thought needed to be done efficiently become irrelevant.
Society should be more tolerant of us slackers, dreamers, artists, pure researchers, collectors of tales; those who are interested in odd things to an unhealthy degree. Productivity kills innovation. Efficiency drives stifle improvement and increase entropy.
WARNING: Too much ‘management’ may be harmful.
I have retired hurt from the National Blog Post Month competition after pulling a muscle in my brain.
I was using the competition to put pressure on me to write something every day but I’ve found the need to have something in a state other people could understand, by the end of each day, was actually distracting me from my longer term aims.
I’m not sorry for having tried. I learned something (which I already knew, really) about the way I write. My ideas tend to come in bursts. I need to capture them from the ether before each disappears then move on to the next. I can refine things when the flood abates. #NaBloPoMo caused me to push ideas away because I had a deadline to meet. That’s what normal, target-focussed people do. I believe that for me, following my Way (Tao) is more productive in the long-term, in both quantity and quality.
I’ll be writing but not rushing to post. I’ll post when I think I have something worthy of your attention. Thanks for reading anything you have so far.