I use that creative “urge” as my reward for “good behavior.” I’ll
allot myself a certain amount of play time as a reward for getting a
major chunk of my must-do orders done. That spurs me to complete the
things piling up on my bench in the most efficient way possible,
while letting me look forward to that experiment or design that’s
trying to burn its way out of my brain. The “aaah” feeling when I do
get to the design is just unparalleled, and I often find that my
brain has continued working in the background on the approach or
design while I’ve been doing the more mundane work… so when I get
to it, I’m actually in a different place than I thought I would be.
I don’t save up all my play time until the mundane stuff is
completely done, either, because that would just create a drudgery.
So I’ll bargain that if I complete all of orders X and Y, which will
take approx. 3 hours, I can then spend 1 hour on my play project.
Then, I’ll spend another 2 hours finishing order Z, followed by 1
more hour on my play project. Sometimes I’ll find that I want to
combine that play time and will adjust accordingly.
Anyway, it works for me.
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