Sometimes I get overwhelmed by all the tasks I've set for myself. When this happens, I usually revert to a former version of myself. One that would with the click of a button, would give up any pretense of getting work done and become glued to moving pictures and sound. I cash it in and turn on the television.
And then I watch disaster flicks.
See, about two and half years ago I started turning on Pandora or Slacker or some other music service instead of turning on TV. I recognized that my free time was less about getting things done and more about zoning out and relaxing.
There's nothing wrong with that.
But that I wasn't getting anything done. My manuscript word count remained unchanged. The pile of projects I intended to create sat untouched. Something had to change. So, with almost no regret, we decided to discontinue our cable. Yes, I miss the History Channel and SyFy, but I get by without them.
Instead, I have sewn, read, written, edited, penguined (yes, it's a verb for me) and more. I have taken productivity to a new level. Check out my projects page to some details!
Sometimes, I just need a break. This usually falls on Sunday (#moviesunday on twitter), my most and least productive day depending. Enter disaster films. My favorite is The Day After Tomorrow followed closely by Twister, then Independence Day (Yes I consider this a disaster flick. Aliens are probably real.)
I don't always feel renewed at the end of one which means I usually watch Harry Potter or the Avengers to complete my journey. (Thor and Tony Stark usually do the trick!)
When Monday afternoon rolls around, after I punch the clock at the day job and finish up at whatever cafe I've decided to write in for a couple of hours, I come home and get to work. Sometimes I sew, sometimes I blog, sometimes I dance around the basement and sing along with my hair bush as my mic.
I can usually go about a month before needing a straight up veg out day. And that is completely acceptable to me.