This Is What Happens When I Avoid Doing Work
I wake up early on the weekends. I can’t help it. It just carries over from the work week. So I make coffee, check the news, read Twitter and make a plan for the day – I have a bunch of artwork to do, I want to clean up the apartment a bit, go food shopping, make a nice dinner, and so on.
At this point my wife is probably still asleep, because It’s only 7 am or so. And I don’t want to make lots of noise and wake her, since we have a smallish apartment and there is no door between the bedroom and the rest of the space. So I can’t do dishes, or clean the living room because that would be noisy. But I have to clean the living room in order to start making some art because the living room is where my drawing table lives, all stacked up with garbage and no surface available. But the computer is quiet! I can plug in my headphones and draw on my tablet. But before I do that, maybe I’ll play a little bit of Minecraft. Wasn’t I going to relocate the hidden doorway to my Secret Mountain Fastness? Yeah. I’ll just play Minecraft for a little while…
I’m sure you can see what’s happening here. This is the mind of a procrastinator at work. My mind.
“But Brian, why are you telling us all of this?”, you ask.
You may think I’m telling this story as a prelude to some new schedule I’ve concocted. Maybe I’ve figured out a way to manage my time better and I feel as if I should share this information with all the lovely readers of Mad Art Lab. Or maybe you think I’m going to link to a new study that found correlations between creativity and time spent doing chores.
The truth is, I wrote the above so you’ll have some context for when you see how I spent a recent Sunday.
I live in New York City. I could have been doing anything else. But instead I did this:
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