Do you keep lists? I do. Sometimes I actually write down on paper (yes, good old-fashioned paper) things I need to do. Usually, I just verbally go over what I need to do or hope to do and yes, I am one of those people that talk to themselves. I have a calendar in my office where I write down the REALLY important things, things I would like to forget but cannot. Think doctor appointments, bills that are due, you know, things like that.
March seems to be full of Things I Must Do, but Don’t Really Want to Do type of stuff. All I really want to do is lose myself in my art. Hours and hours of creating whatever I want. Taking ordinary items and photos and turning them into something unique and original. Except, I cannot. I have duties and responsibilities. Meetings to attend. People to meet. Housework to do. The weeds in my garden mock me every time I go outside. They are everywhere.
I can only put off things for so long. Like taxes. You can ignore doing your taxes for months, but you cannot stop time. April 15th is coming. So, what do I do? Ignore everything for my art? That works for a while, but eventually life goes on. Instead, I use the reward system. Do something I do not want to do, then reward myself with some digital collage art time. Yes, I am an artist, but I also have responsibilities. We all have things we need to do and things we want to do. Why not have a little fun and play the game of Rewards. You know the game. Do something you do not want to do, have been procrastinating in getting done, ignoring, whining… Put together a list of rewards. My list includes my art, reading a book, a cup of tea, playing 3 games (well, probably a dozen) games of Spider Solitaire (almost mindless clicking), well, you get the idea. I get the jobs done I need to need and get to do what I really want to do without any guilt involved.
The digital collage below was created during my reward times. My reward for doing Things I Have to Do. It is called World Throne.
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