Margaret Fieland said:
When I'm stuck on something I find doing chores tremendously helpful, as I will often think of a solution then --
and the dog has to be fed and walked, the grocery shopping done, meals cooked, and laundry done --
believe me, I usually have a long list of necessary tasks waiting to be tackled when I'm blocked --
my problem is that I all too likely to get unblocked, and never get to the end of the list.
He cleans out the refrigerator.
Charlotte Rains Dixon said:
Oh, my worst brain-drain is the internet, hands down, no contest. I watch very little TV, but I'm on the computer and the internet all day...so it is way too easy to just start mindlessly surfing with no reason on intent in mind. Still working on finding effective ways to curtail this.Amen, Charlotte! The internet is a blessing in many ways, but for artists it can also be a curse. For people who like to blog like me, the internet can be a serious drain on creative time. It's extraordinary how an hour of killing time on the web can turn into an entire afternoon. It can dull your mind in a funny way, too; it leaves you feeling fuzzy and unfocused, apathetic and lazy. The only thing to do is to be strict with yourself and stay away from the computer when necessary.
Micki Bishop Stultz said:
My biggest brain drain is "myself"., I get too fretting and stewing on things "I probably can't change" as my son says so I go and write something about my life (or others) that puts a smile on a face and a good memory back into my brain.Thanks, Micki. I don't think there's anything wrong with writing things for stress relief every now and then, even if it's not your best writing. Just putting words on the page is a good step away from dulling your mind, I think.
Tammi Kibler said:
I use an online stopwatch to limit the time I spend on my internet research tasks. I find it helps to plan how much time I want to spend on tasks like that and then set a timer. Not only will this limit the time I spend, but also this helps me set a price on my work that includes my research time.Thanks for the practical tip, Tammi. I'm looking to include more such advice on the Corner in the future. Sometimes timing your work is what is necessary to wake yourself up to the reality of how much you are wasting! You can also consider software that forcibly shuts off your internet connection for a time. I'll write about that in the future.