January was a big month for me. I'm talking like it's over. That's because I'm done with January. My January started on December 6th 2010 when I returned from Asia.
I'm officially burnt out.
I bit off more than I could chew for January. The 2 day workshop starting when I was already 4 shoots behind, then shooting again on Monday. I'm still exhausted. I thought I could keep pace. But more importantly I thought I had an endless supply of creativity on tap.
About that... I don't.
Unlike spreadsheets, problem-solving, and analysis I've discovered rather abruptly that creativity isn't something that you can turn on and off whenever you feel like it. It's more like groundswell (waves). Sometimes it's there and sometimes it's not. And like groundswell, it's somewhat predictable. Wind speed, fetch, duration, and water depth all play an important role in groundswell. With enough time you can predict what will hit your local beaches. Similarly, influences, workload, energy levels, and time also have a tremendous effect on creativity.
In my case, I've been lacking influences, taken on too much work, got no energy, and no time = no creativity.
Who'd've thunk that creativity wasn't something that you could try really hard at and just achieve ;)