There was a time when I excelled at Goofing-Off and I was usually on top of my game.
But, not too long ago, I went through a period where I was a slacker in the realm of goofing-off. Which means I worked too much and didn’t get as much done as I would have if I’d gotten back into goofing-off.
I see that look on your face. Confused, right?
Have you seen that Weight Watchers commercial with Jennifer Hudson where she says, “I haven’t stayed thin because I don’t indulge in that ‘super-sized, loaded-with-cheese’ world we live in. I’ve stayed thin because I do indulge.”, or something like that?
So, I get more done when I goof-off occasionally and Ms. Hudson stays thin when she has chocolate now and then. Hmmm.
I suppose it follows, then, that spending too many hours focused on writing or being too rigid with your eating plan primes you for boredom and procrastination, which can lead to…dum de dum dum…FAILURE.
Have you ever had a month or more when you worked, cooked dinner and slept, almost to the exclusion of all other activities?
You. Are. Not. Alone.
Boredom and procrastination move in and suck all the life out of you until you’re a humorless, dried up prune!
If you’re feeling kind of prune-y, do just the opposite – step into the hot tub or a bubble bath, go play golf, see a movie, bake some decadent dessert, take a nap, walk with your dog – and you’ll come back refreshed and clear-headed, ready for more work.
Give yourself the gift of balance in all things. If you’re the type who remembers to be good to yourself more often when you have a visual clue, try Toploader’s A Balance To All Things.
Play this song when you sit down to work or plan your meals for the week.
Writing, painting, singing and all other creative pursuits are forms of ART.
The ART of goofing off is what will keep your creative art on the path to success.