For this episode of the podcast, we give voice to one of our listeners and a great friend of us, Pia Parolin.
Pia used the button we put under every episode to record her question for us, which can be summarized as “Now that I have become proficient with my photography and started showing my work, what next steps should I take to be more successful and appreciated?”
We believe that Pia is already doing great with her photography and taking all the right steps towards closing the gap, but we tried to answer her question anyway, with an eye towards those who are struggling a bit more.
We all like to say we’re busy and overwhelmed with too many things to do. Managing your time can be really tough, but it becomes easier when you realize that you can’t really manage time: all you can do is just managing the work you have to do.
One way to do this is to learn to say no to the constant barrage of demands that work, society, friends, and even ourselves put on us.
We discuss this topic in the latest episode of the podcast. This is the first of two episodes about time management. In the next one, we will give you some practical tips that we use to organize our days.
In the previous episode we talked about motivation and inspiration. We said that we shouldn’t wait for inspiration to strike, for the Muse to pay attention to us, before we get down to do work. The best artists find inspiration by just getting down to work, every day. As Todd Henry says, “I only write when I’m motivated to. I just happen to be motivated every day at 8am.”
Picasso also said: “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”
Many of us, however, even when we do commit to getting down to work every day, get stuck in a rut or experience writer’s (or photographer’s) block. We grow a sense of dissatisfaction with what we are creating. This in turn leads to doing less work and so the circle repeats itself.
In part, this is what Ira Glass is talking about. The fact that we have good taste makes us feel that what we are creating is not good enough and induces frustration.
The worst thing we could possibly do to fight this, I believe, is striving to always create the best possible work. The best thing, conversely, is striving to create the largest volume of work possible.
In this episode of the podcast, we go deeper into the conversation about deliberate practice and try to answer the question:
Where does one find the motivation and the inspiration to continue practicing, every single day?
We argue that we cannot expect that those two elusive things will somehow float down the river, when we are laying on the grass, watching the clouds in the sky.
Motivation and inspiration don’t materialize out of thin air, but must be nurtured. Finding the resolve to practice every day takes courage and determination. Rituals, routines, and habits can help us dig motivation up from the ground.
Find some inspirational quotes about motivation, inspiration, and routines below the fold.