In Manage Your Day-to-Day, Seth Godin tells us: “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.” So how do we do that? Michael Nobbs — who suffers from the debilitating disease Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome — tells us how it’s done:
Slowly, over the past decade or so, as I have built up a creative career, I’ve learnt that the way to have a sustainably creative life takes three basic things:
- Working little and often (perhaps for just 20 minutes or less a day)
- Recognizing what has been achieved
It’s amazing what can be achieved if we embrace these three things. It’s a little like making the decision to put one or two drops of dye into a bowl of water on a daily basis. If you commit to it every day, slowly, very slowly, the water will start to change colour.
Michael’s three tips allow us to make progress even when we’re low on energy or unmotivated. For sure, even a little bit of time every day can add up quickly.
Learn more about being creative even when you don’t feel like it, and see the value Nobbs places on recognizing his achievements over on his blog.