A thought on ‘productivity sickness’

I came to the realization of something this afternoon; I didn't want to do this self-initiated 'challenge' anymore. The numbers, the micro-management, the small and meaningless attempts at just getting by without 'breaking the chain', of which only takes even more time after an already unproductive…

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This Journal: An Update

For some context to what this journal is all about, how I use it and why I wanted to start a journal in the first place, please click on this post's title to visit the full post and find out more.

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I'm taking a break from journaling and locking this page down for a while. It's a bit too much at the moment.

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Tomorrow is going to be the day I try and start building up good general habits again. I want to be focusing more on time spent working each day now instead of amount of work done like I have been doing before. This should hopefully push me towards actually enjoying the process and learning more…

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Nothing to report today and tomorrow shall be the same as well.

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Bit of a day off today.

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The index/project page has been updated. It now has less text, a larger portion for the showreel and some placeholders for future projects underneath. I think it's looking so much better than before and I'm looking forward to when I can finally replace them with real content. I just need to work on…

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I've done some thinking and made some notes, and I think I might have come up with something to help push me forward. Since I graduate university in just under a year's time, I originally planned on then taking a year off to get my skills as close to where they need to be as much as possible while…

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It seems I've been unable to maintain any form of intense concentration for quite some time now and I am concerned with how it is affecting my learning. It is my belief that my current environment and the use of social media has had a negative impact on my state of mind over the course of several…

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Hello! The journal you see here is a place where I document my work progression on a regular basis.

If you’d like to know more about what I’m doing here in more detail, check out the 2019 Manifesto blog post I’ve written or the Q&As below. Also, feel free to check out my progression and/or message me over on Twitter!

It’s been very much on and off for a few years as I’ve explored how I learn best, but this time round, I started on January 1st 2019.

What you will find here on this journal are three things:

  1. Firstly, is a post of the main work done that day. This can include things such as tutorial work, working each day on longer projects, doing one-off shorter pieces each day for a week, doing a monthly theme such as 36 Days of Type or something totally different. Whatever it is I am working on that day, is what I will post.
  2. Secondly, is a drawing-only post which is really split into two. The first segment is the warm-up sketches; anatomy poses and studies most likely. After that, is the main drawing. This could be a character sketch, a master study, or a continuation of a drawing I’ve done before. As long as it involves stylus to tablet, then that’s what I will be doing.
  3. Thirdly, anything else! This is a journal after all. If anything I decide is worthy of a short entry then I will upload it and place it under the general category. For longer posts, they will go on my blog.

There are several great reasons why one would want to journal:

  1. The first, is that it is a form of discipline. By committing to a task such as this might not seem like much at first, but as life gets in the way, you begin to learn about yourself and what your limits are at pushing how far you can and want go.
  2. Secondly, it’s a frame of reference. If I ever forget something or would like to know what I was doing on whatever week, I have something to look back to. It was one of my favourite things to do back when I used to do this over on Instagram.
  3. Thirdly, this journal isn’t just for me. Just like I do when I visit other websites or profiles, I, as someone less experienced, am always learning something new. I want to share that exact same experience for someone else. If someone who knows less than I can learn a thing or two from me, that would make me pretty happy.
  4. Finally,

The number you see on the left of each title post is a representation of what day I am on. If, for example, if the number says 31, that means I have been documenting my progression on a daily basis for 31 days.

Originally, I wanted this page to function exactly the same as a wordpress.com or Tumblr account would, but due to the theme I am currently using, this is not possible without adding code that causes problems overall. I’ve managed to come to a compromise by simply creating covers, using excerpts and then hiding all of the text content behind a read more button, similarly to how a typical blog might handle this, but other than that, there is not much else I can do.