Monday, August 4, 2008

Keeping Up The Momentum

With most things that I apply myself to, I find that I go through bursts of interest and creativity, and then periods where I move on to other things and I can't keep up the momentum.

Take this blog. I had a good run there last week, with posts every day for a while. And then, I got stuck. And other things took priority. Despite my best intentions to wax eloquent at least three to four times a week, I fell off the wagon.

It's the same with music. A few weeks ago I was working every day on a couple of new fingerstyle pieces from some books and DVDs I just bought. Last week I wrote a new song, and started learning a Tim O'Brien song I really like. But the past few days I just haven't gotten around to it.

And booking gigs - the same thing. I'll have a couple of weeks where I really go at it, and then the next week I'm spending my time on something else.

It makes me wonder about attention span, discipline, and procrastination. Am I alone in this? How do the rest of you deal with momentum and keeping at it?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I usually try to trust my instincts when it comes to allocating time to the things I'm passionate about. I think there's a natural rhythm to creative pursuits - sometimes I'm obsessed, and sometimes I need a little breathing room. It's only when I find myself wasting too much time on diversions that I feel any need to try to rein myself back in.

Blogging's different though. I blog almost every day though, whether I feel like it or not. I feel guilty if I skip a day. (I'm not saying you should, or even that I should; I just do.)

August 6, 2008 at 1:11 PM  

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