“When it comes to creative work, not only is there a diminishing return, but at a certain point, writing more produced a negative return. Because bad writing isn’t just bad—bad writing creates more work for yourself, because it requires way more time to revise and edit.”
In this post, Ashley Ryan recommends that you stop using ‘being busy’ as a way to distract you from the unsatisfactory parts of your life. It’s a compelling exercise, one that ties into other psychological techniques (those other techniques aren’t discussed here.) Highly recommended.
An overbusy life is not an economic necessity; it’s a failure of imagination. Constraints spur creativity. What if we determined that we would not work certain hours and instead got smarter and more creative with the time we have?
Instead of grinding that found time back into the business, we could truly help our teams and our businesses by resting, playing and spending time with our families.
We chronically confuse the feeling of effort with the reality of results—and for anyone working in a creative field, that means the constant risk of frittering time and energy on busywork, instead of the work that counts.
When we’re busy, we just keep reacting to what’s in front of us. There’s no time for introspection or deep thinking because there’s so much on our plate.
What happens when we stop filling all of our extra minutes with refreshes, updates and consumption? What happens if we let ourselves stop and be alone with our thoughts, by removing constant stimulus?