How to keep the daily grind from grinding you down?
February 25, 2011 7:36 AM Subscribe
As a creative person working a day job completely unrelated to your chosen form of expression, how do you cope when the urge to create comes up while at work?
posted by anthom to Work & Money (16 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
I found a lot of tangential information from previous "passion," "work" or "creativity" tagged questions, but nothing seems to directly answer this.
Further details: I'm a songwriter/musician with a steady, but not-very-challenging day job working with Access databases. It's not my life's work or passion, but it supports me and my wife, while allowing a little time for music and other pursuits.
For a while, I've felt creatively blocked, having a difficult time getting any songwriting or other writing done. I chalked it it up to being given more responsibilities at work than I'm used to (above and beyond Access-jockeying). The additional mental bandwidth I needed to deal with this left me drained, frequently unable to do anything after work other than surf the web or watch TV. In the past few weeks, the extra responsibilities (and related stress) have gone away. I've spent some time slowing down and paying attention, trying to figure out what I really want to be doing. Amazingly enough, it's nothing to do with Access...
I've frequently had the desire to create something while I'm at work, but being in a job that requires a lot of "computer brain," I've had to push that desire down in order to function. I suspect this has also been a huge part of my block, so I want to avoid doing this if at all possible.
Does anyone have techniques for coping with an "inconvenient" creative urge when you simply need to be doing your job?