This week I discovered a blog I instantly fell in love with. It is called Brain Pickings and I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in mental processes, finding inspiration and just being reminded of how much we love what we do.
This week I also spent an insane amount of hours reading and writing for my dissertation. Yesterday I was in front of the computer for 8 hours only stopping to have lunch and drink some tea. So, despite how much I love reading and writing these days are a little bit hard but not too much 🙂 I still love doing research and writing and yesterday I even managed to do some creative writing which I haven’t done in a good while.
I saw the following picture in a post called The Pace of Productivity and How to Master Your Creative Routine and thought it would be a great idea to share it with you on Friday since we are all tired, sleep-deprived and leisure-deprived.
Also from that post, I loved this quote by writer Isabel Allende reminding us that sometimes – and never overdoing it – we need to force ourselves to do something. In my case, writing or doing research, even when we don’t feel like it. The reasoning is simple: if we don’t force ourselves then it’s not a job, it’s a hobby.
The notion that I do my work here, now, like this, even when I do not feel like it, and especially when I do not feel like it, is very important. Because lots and lots of people are creative when they feel like it, but you are only going to become a professional if you do it when you don’t feel like it. And that emotional waiver is why this is your work and not your hobby.
Happy weekend, everyone!