Notes, On Relaxation

Recently I've rediscovered the importance of making time for fun.

It's easy as a creative to feel like every available moment needs to be productive. Work and side projects alone are enough to fill up the calendar, before adding relationships, social events, and weekly upkeep.

This can be especially true in the beginning of an art career, or if you've found yourself in a rut. The desire to accomplish goals can put some serious pressure on personal time, allowing diminishing returns to creep in.

I suggest kicking back a bit.

A while ago I had a conversation with a friend about why Destiny is so fun. He felt the game was well paced because the intense firefights spaced out between the "Fun & Dumb" of riding through environments on hoverbikes going off jumps and making dumb jokes with friends.

I agreed. Then decided I needed better pacing in my life. Perhaps I needed more room for the Fun & Dumb.

Twice a week I carve out a two hour block for an activity that is just fun & dumb. The requirement is that by the end of the two hours, I should no longer desire relaxation. It's been fantastic, I've seen a leap in my productivity, creativity and quality of life. I suspect it will do the same for you.

Below are a collection of observations I've found as I've been carving out time for the Fun & Dumb. I hope you find them useful.

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Notes on Relaxing:

  • Motivation is like the swing of a pendulum.
  • Trying to stay on the side of work or ambition incurs diminishing returns.
  • To keep the momentum of motivation swinging with minimal effort,  time must be made both for hard work and fulfilling rest.
  • When everything is loud, nothing is loud. When we are always On, we are never On.
  • Knowing what completely Off feels like allows for knowing what completely On feels like.
  • Rest of the mind, body and soul are required to find fulfilling relaxation.
  • Fulfilling rest is like a well made dessert. The entire experience is wonderful, and leaves no craving for more.
  • No longer craving relaxation,  productivity becomes fun again, the pendulum swings, and progress is made with less time and effort.

Much Success!

My Fun & Dumb time has been reconnecting with my love for games. Here's what I've been enjoying:

Hyper Light Drifter - Beautiful. I highly picking it up.
Bloodborne - Brutal it multiple ways. An amazing test of patience.
Pokemon Y - Positivity and silliness. Takes place in PokeFrance.
Dune Messiah - Light bedtime reading