“Moderate-intensity exercise, practiced for a moderate length of time, improves our ability to think both during and immediately after the activity. The positive changes documented by scientists include an increase in the capacity to focus attention and resist distraction; greater verbal fluency and cognitive flexibility; enhanced problem-solving and decision-making abilities; and increased working memory, as well as more durable long-term memory for what is learned.” — The Extended Mind: The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain by Annie Murphy Paul
Getting back to basics and writing this on the recumbent bike after doing a 25 minute kettlebell routine (5–4–3–2–1 pyramid, 3 rounds of swings/squats/push-ups).
I was feeling blocked creatively and I think it’s because I’m trying to make too many things in too short of a time. I keep having this hunch that I can make a video in like 90 minutes.
In my head I’ve done it before. (1) I’m probably wrong about how long it took and (2) it probably wasn’t one of the good ones that Ive done.
Making a video worth watching takes longer than that.
It’s like trying to get all the results in a single short workout. It takes more than that.
I do the podcast and videos. I want one of them to be the creating thing and one to be the documenting thing. Or I don’t know if it’s a vice versa thing. I can use the podcast (and this blog) to document this new focus on making videos + share any creative lessons.
What would this week’s creative question be?
- I don’t have writer’s block but I have trouble finishing work near the end when I realize I don’t have everything in place to do a final recording until I’m midway into recording, what should I do?
Okay that might capture it. Taking a step back and pretending this isn’t me… Time for some checklists before recording.
- I know that having book quotes ties things together.
- I know I can add visuals in editing.
- I know that things need to be moving on screen or else the video looks dead when a quote is sitting there static.
That’s a start. And then maybe I can add a motivational quote or something here. About how the resistance shows up at the end.
In Nobody Wants to Read Your Shit, Steven Pressfield talks about putting the work in over the years and still looking at the work and it’s still not good enough to get over the hump:
And yet you’re learning. You don’t know what. You can’t say how. But the months and years, the millions of keystrokes and erasures go into the bank somehow. The cells remember. Something changes.