The blank mind: It happens when you least expect it
It only remains to continue, what can be done?
There are times when I'm going to write, that I have the idea in mind, and as soon as I am going to turn on the computer, PUF!, the idea disappears. I spend a few minutes looking at the screen without knowing how to start. I think, think, think and, in the end, nothing comes out. I close the computer and opt to do it another day. The problem with that attitude is that sometimes days go by and I don't do anything. Recently, I discovered that this doesn't usually happen only in art, but in other spaces, too.
A few days ago, I woke up wanting to eat fried chicken. I talked about fried chicken all morning, I imagined it, I savored it. Everything was all about the fried chicken. When it was time to eat in the afternoon, the question arose: "What are we going to eat?". The fried chicken was not the answer I gave, I said pizza. Why does this happen? Does being around 30 cause this kind of effect? You don't know how much I wanted fried chicken and, apparently, there was so much energy that my mind unconsciously got tired of it.
Now, I will touch on a slightly more serious subject and I will focus on long-term plans where organization is required to be able to carry it out. It is difficult to measure how long it will take you to do something specific when you only look at the final result and precisely that action is what can lead us to have a blank mind. The number of steps, information, time, and unexpected moments, all at once could burn out each one of our neurons.
Legend has it that the secret to minimizing this issue involves an organization that reduces that final goal to one task at a time or, instead, a daily goal that gradually increases to weekly, then monthly, etc. For example: If you want to write a book, write one page a day or every three days. However, the mind can still go blank which leads to nothing happening. In the end, we are humans, not robots with 100% productivity day after day. Take my case with fried chicken, for example, which was not even a long-term task. Well, time is relative, but I hope I made myself understood.
You may be wondering why I wrote about this topic this week and it is because I am on a long-term personal project. There have been days when I am well motivated and other days I don't know what to do. I assume that is normal when you carry out a process totally on your own, without someone guiding you, where consistency and discipline are your only allies. Expressing it is a good way to deal with our day to day. For this reason, I have an agenda in which I write two or three sentences that summarize what I did that day and what I would like to do the next.
I don't deny that sometimes I go down the rabbit hole of when I'll get to the end or what I'll do when I get there, but I'll only know when I do.
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