So today was a bit odd but I think it was worth the effort. I literally spent the whole day mind mapping. I have discovered that I am NOT a multi-tasker and when I have a day like this, it’s all day.
The benefit to this is that I can just stay on the one track and when your mind works like mine, with what can often feel like fireworks going off every few minutes (aka, loads of ideas/ thoughts/ worries, etc.), then a day to just focus on one task is the most effective way to make progress for me.
So, what did my day produce then?
I had thought I would spend the day working on a writing schedule for NaNoWriMo but it just didn’t transpire. I had some deep thoughts that just had to be acknowledged and this is the result of that time.
I’m sharing this because at times it’s so easy for us to feel like we’re wasting time by doing these kinds of activities but what I’ve realised today is that:
a) I need to feel like I understand my direction in order to feel like I can be productive and
b) I need to know what matters to me and why.
Mind mapping like this (or some would call it art journalling) gives me the freedom to let my subconscious work and bring to the surface the thoughts that really need attention.
I did a few other drawings as well but my final mind map for the day left me asking this question, which I think is very relevant considering I am about to try my first fiction novel!
I am still sorting through my answer to this very loaded question. I’ve been a musician, music tutor, lyricist, poet, jewellery salesperson, administrative assistant, church volunteer, project manager, writer, ghostwriter, self-publishing book agent, typesetter, editor and I’m sure at least a few others. Oh, yes, we can’t forget direct sales!!! Geesh!
So I can honestly say that I am not sure how to answer this question today but it’s now visible, conscious and therefore, ready to be considered.
So for now, this is my conclusion for the day:
We don’t always know the answers to life’s deepest questions but the most valuable thing we can do is to pursue the answers regardless.
Is it hard? Hell yeah. Is it worthwhile? Beyond doubt. Is it attainable? I have no idea but I plan to try anyway.
The pursuit of these answers matters as much, if not more, than finding them, so onward I will plod until I find them or end my days.
What about you? How would you answer this question?
Thanks for reading my smattering of thoughts today. Maybe tomorrow I’ll get out the schedule and start planning how to write a novel while keeping client work on track!
Miriam E. Miles has a finger in quite a few creative pies – her personal writing includes poetry, short reflective pieces on family, identity and spiritual awakening and her work life is spent helping clients build authentic and engaging social media connections.
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