What’s the Rush?

This photo is from a shoot I was doing for an interior design company. They were installing custom designed and hand-blown lights. The work was slow and methodical, everything had to be balanced precisely or the lights would swing too much and hit each other. The lights are hanging from a very high ceiling and changing the bulbs will be quite an undertaking.

I think most people, but me especially, have a tendency to want to do everything at once. I embarked on this creativity exercise (or whatever the hell it is) a few days ago, and already I fell I should have more posts, more photos, it should be done already. I have to keep reminding myself that it is already “done”. The act of writing these photos and sharing the photos at least once a day, is the end product itself. Having a lot of posts or active engagement with many people via social media is just an added bonus, and that takes time to build organically.

We all think we can multitask, we can drive and text, or write a web post and finish our taxes, take great photos and run a business, but the human brain can actually do one thing at a time. We create the illusion that we able to do more in the narrative our conscious creates as we move through life. But, every study ever done (look them up yourself, I am not your multitask monkey. If I am wrong PLEASE let me know), has shown that our brains only process one thing at a time, it is in our memories that the illusion is created where we are doing so much more.

Slow down, concentrate on whatever it is you are doing, and keep doing it. The only way to get better at anything is to keep trying, keep learning, keep being curious.

When you get stuck, I have found this to be a good resource.

http://www.theschooloflife.com/london/

If you want similar ideas from a more business-centered point of view, please check out my friend David Gelles’ book Mindful Work, How Meditation is Changing Business from the Inside Out.

http://davidgelles.com/

 

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