How you spend your time says a lot about you. The fact of you reading this post speaks to your awesomeness :)
Shameless complimenting aside, I've been thinking a lot about time. How it's viewed, what it's worth (on earth, at least) who to spend it with. I have to admit that I'm guilty of being one of those people who is always superbusy and wears it as a badge of honor. "No time to sleep, a few minutes to eat here and there, man I really need to call my parents more... but I'm getting sht done!" Constantly jumping from one meeting to the next, and rehearsal and oh, I got an audition at NBC tomorrow and, of course, lets pay the bills. The Law of Diminishing Returns is all too real and unforgiving. You reach a point where the 'play' has become 'work'. I think that's death to a creative. This last year I took the time to consistently work at doing two things:
Ask myself, "Am I being busy or am I being productive?" The 80/20 Rule states that 20% of your actions produce 80% of your outcomes. This can be applied to nearly anything, jobs, clients, investments. When presented with an opportunity I ask myself, "Does this opportunity fall into the highly productive 20% of my time spent or the slightly productive 80%?" This practice has been invaluable when deciding risk vs reward scenarios.
Make time to play. I remember drama school very vividly. We were encouraged to play. We learned lessons about ourselves by learning to focus on others, in play. We shared deeply personal, emotionally saturated moments with each other and harnessed the power of technique to become better at play. Drama school was awesome. Working on set is ridiculously awesome. Being on stage is sublime. Auditioning is cool(ish). Usually its really cool, but as we all know, it's a numbers game. And sometimes when you're on your 7th audition of the week and you walk into the room at an office that you've been working on getting into for months and you're off-book and you set up with your reader and then you... forget how to play! Or more accurately, you forget that YOU ARE THERE TO PLAY. Business is business and my business is to play. So I set aside time every afternoon for an hour of play. Whether its writing whatever comes to my head, rehearsing a scene from Justified just because I think its Cool AF, or just breathing and stretching; I go back to drama school. Every time I walk in the room, its playtime, no matter the stakes.
Its amazing what a shift in perspective can produce.
Thanks for reading :)