Many independent creative types have experienced some or all of these at some point. What if you can find balance? Well, I’ll tell you, it truly is the sweetest reward of creativity and productivity. Ever.
Ironically, I’m actually not suggesting that it would be ideal to have $1,000,000, a year off from work, and the best idea in the world. It’s not realistic. (Although, if someone wants to donate these three items, I’d be happy to try to prove this wrong, just email me) What I am suggesting is that we can truly be at our most creative when those items are all in balance. We have the sleep to do our best work. Our minds are free of worry about cash flow and we’re able to eat well to feed our bodies. Our mind is now happy and motivated to do it’s best possible work. It’s a very delicate balance, but when you’ve found it, you can achieve your best work.
The Price of Balance
So the real question becomes: what’s the price we pay to find balance?
It’s saving $50 this paycheck towards the new software you want to buy, but won’t be able to buy it for another month. It’s spending extra time with your kids the next few days, so when you tell them you want all day Saturday to yourself they will understand. It’s finding ways to capture micro-motivation when it strikes, by carrying a small notepad and then curating your ideas later when motivation may be lower.
In today’s lifestyle of instant gratification, it’s not what you want to hear, but it’s true. Find your balance and I wish you all the creative success in the world!