Noisy Brains and Creative Discipline

Sometimes, ok, a lot. I have a hard time focusing on creative endeavors. As Ze Frank, says in his 'Brain Crack' episode:

When I get an idea, even a bad one, I try to get it out into the world as fast as possible, because I certainly don't want to be addicted to brain crack.

My noisy brain constantly gets in the way of actually executing real work for me. I am always addicted to my own brain crack.

I struggle to find out what the 'solution' to this is. So I sit, and think, and think, on how to try to solve the problem, rather than really just trying a whole bunch of things, until something works.

Even as I sat down to write this, to try to unblock the ice-jam of productivity that resides in the center of my brain, my brain said, "Hey, are you on the latest version of this blog software? Let's go check! And not do real work!", which is ridiculous. And happens all the time.

The problem with having a brain, is that sometimes it's a lot of maintenance to keep it functioning. Perhaps for some brains the maintenance of daily operation starts to ball-up, and gum up the other normally functioning parts.

Let's talk in terms of a leaky abstraction. If my brain was a factory that simple built one widget, and it's job was to build that widget, and ship it out the door, then my brain has just fired all the factory workers, and hired nothing but janitors to mop the floors, and organize materials, that aren't used to build anything anymore. A perfect factory, that can never be judged by the product that it ships, but rather decides to keep everything inside, and make everything sparkly clean, in it's shuttered doors.

The interesting part of these brain thoughts, analagies, and machinations, is that I don't think I'm completely alone in it. I've been reading Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind and it's been helping me form more discipline around what I do as a creative person. Reading this, especially since it's a book by creative people, and several different perspectives about how they get over their own brand of brain crack, helps me attempt to form more discipline around whatever it is I try to do.

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