In these productive times I work really quickly, I have ideas that grow and develop and I can speed through tasks like a demon, then something happens in my brain and it's like all my creativity disappears.
Maybe I ought to temper myself slightly, and try and spread out the work more, but I am afraid that if I don't get my ideas down during these times, or if I don't do the work I am inspired to do, then the non-productive phase will come anyway and I'll be stuck back at square one!
How my brain feels right now
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It's nice to be inspired and busy, and I am excited about the direction my research and enquiry proposal are taking. It's also opening up opportunities as I may be collaborating with practitioners in the near future, based on my research area and several of the blogs I have written on here.
During my non-productive times I sometimes try and force creativity by reading plays, watching musicals and ballets, reading through students or practitioners blogs, and occasionally this will spark something that leads me to get my energy and focus back. Other times, I accept that I'm a bit stuck, leave the problem for a while, write in my journal and look at other things that make me happy (like Disney films or trashy magazines!)
Does anyone else feel like this? Like they're either on full throttle or at a dead stop? How do you deal with it?