Sunday, 31 January 2016

To what extent can you justify doing nothing?

Hi everyone! I don't have a finished project to show you today, but instead I have some thoughts, lots of questions, and not very many answers.

Is a day in bed watching rubbish on Netflix and continuously refreshing social media wasted? Is it ignorant? If I was bed bound would I be yelling at past me going, 'Get up! Just do something!' I think that I would.
Is it a bit much to restrict hours spent in bed and to enforce hours sewing instead? Or is that not how creativity works? Is creativity something that can't be forced?
Is reading more or less of a waste of time than Netflix? Is it more valuable because it's on a page instead of a screen? Maybe so, because it requires imagination.
But without that downtime, that doing nothing time, would I be an exhausted wreck of a person? Maybe. So how much is too little and how much is too much? Does it depend on the individual? Maybe.
But when I'm old and grey, I would like to look back at the past and say, 'Well done Lauren, you did something.'

I'd love to know your thoughts on the subject.
Thanks for reading,
Lauren xx


22 comments:

  1. I know what you mean, I often feel the same. however, I think sometimes you need that downtime where you can do something mindless, store up all those creative juices for when you really feel like it!

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  2. I used to sew something because ... well because I could and it often came out wrong. I hadn't given the planning enough thought or whether what I was making would suit the fabric or me!! I don't think of downtime as NOT doing something but more a time to really think and plan my next project. They turn out much better that way with less 'mistakes' or 'if only' I'd spent more time at the planning and design stages.

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  3. This is a really interesting topic!
    Nowadays my schedule is so packed and I am always so exhausted that when I finally have some free time I just want to sit, I never want to sew. So I don't sew as much as I'd like and always have to "make" myself do it - but when I do it is usually enjoyable and I'm glad I spent my time being productive and not just scrolling.
    However I do plan downtime evenings too - totally agree everyone needs those. My head is always overflowing with ideas for what to make next so that's not the problem, it's just the full time job and 3 small kids issue.

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    1. Yes exactly! And yet when I start to sew I can't stop. It's just that first push.

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  4. I am a massive sucker for hating myself for doing 'nothing'. If I spend a day off watching Netflix or playing games I feel a huge amount of guilt afterwards, even though there's nothing wrong with doing it. I definitely think crafers guilt is really common amongst those of us who like to create which is really silly!
    We all need downtime!
    I also definitely think of reading a book as being a better use of time than watching things on a screen but I do like to do both ;)

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    1. Ahh crafters guilt! That makes total sense.

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  5. Given that I'm reading blogs instead of sewing, yes, we all need downtime. Personally, sewing is fun, creative *and* exhausting. It's exhilarating, too, but it's like not you can sew well with your brain off. To me, downtime can be categorized into "brain down", "work down", etc.
    If I just need to not think about work? Sewing is perfect. If I need to truly think of nothing? Reading or Netflix.

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    1. That's such a great way to think about it!

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  6. You have to have downtime where your brain can switch off or we go slightly mad. Book/screen/sleep as long as you are happy and relaxing I see no wasted time.

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    1. Thank you, that's such a good perspective to have.

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  7. i've been going through the exact same thing recently - i think worrying about how much time you spend watching netflix is all part of student life! i've been trying to read a couple of chapters of a book, clean my bathroom, cook some meals for freezing or cut out a new sewing project in between laptop splurges to feel more productive :) i wouldn't worry too much though, as long as you enjoy the time you spend watching things, it wasn't wasted

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    1. Absolutely! I need to clean my bathroom more often...

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  8. Yea, I hate feeling unproductive as well. Especially when it comes to sewing. But if you don't feel it, it's kind of hard to force it. Sometimes forcing it results in mess ups anyway.

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  9. Dear Lauren I am writing this from the age of being an old lady with grey hair (or it would be if I didn't keep the grey well hidden and I do not usually admit my age). It is lovely to hear about a young creative lady. Go with the flow. Creativity sometimes needs stimulation. When you are older you will realize how much you have made and no doubt given away as gifts. These gifts will for the main part be treasured. Sometimes not. You will learn who to make gifts for and who not. So enjoy watching the world go by sometimes and embrace your creativity. Best wishes to you Diane

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    1. Thank you so much for your wonderful advice!

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  10. We all need some downtime, and what you do is a matter of choice. Have you heard the proverb that we are a house with four rooms; physical, spiritual, emotional and intellectual and we should spend some time in each every day. As long as Netflix is balanced with a walk, a bit of thinking time, contact with friends then it's fine, it's when we're spending all day in one of the rooms that it gets out of hand.
    Enjoy whatever you do and don't feel guilty, life's too short for that - but we learn best by doing things.

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    1. That's such a handy concept. I'm going to have to try and put it into practice.

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  11. I always feel that it isn't work, so if I don't feel like sewing there's no point making myself - the only exception to that is if I've promised to make something by a deadline! But if I still want to feel productive while watching tv I do some easy knitting or hand sewing

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