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Being Busy Kills Creativity

I've been busier than usual of late.  My husband and I bought our first house together and, naturally, this had to coincide with the San Diego Suzuki Institute's inaugural year.  Because heaven forbid these big life events are comfortably spaced apart.

With both of these things going on at the same time it has led to a marked change in my day-to-day activities.  Time that I normally spend doing things like practice or writing have been consumed by paperwork and scheduling.  Coincidentally, I stumbled upon an article the other day that talks about how being busy kills creativity.

It's so true!  Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining.  I'm happy that we were able to get this institute off the ground and I'm thrilled that we were finally able to get a house.  But it has made me realize how easy it is to become "addicted" to busy.  Being busy is almost comforting in a way because you always know what you should be doing next.  It involves very little brain power.

Downtime and boredom, on the other hand, are much harder to deal with.  No outside force is dictating your next action so it can almost become mildly frustrating when trying to decide how best to use that time.  But that's a good thing.

So savor your boredom!  It's when you really get to do your best thinking.


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