Monday, February 4, 2013

From DIY to GTD

For over two decades, one of the things that held me back from creating things was the misguided obsession with following the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) aesthetics. I contemplated creative ideas and endeavors in my head for awhile then focused on how to make them happen. Then I spent countless hours fixating on learning peripheral subjects that were somehow related to the things I wanted to make. I had a strong fixation with the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) aesthetics, and I felt that having complete control over means of production was the pinnacle of non-compromising creativity. I abhorred and mocked the "Have-It-Made" approach.

When writing songs, I spent numerous hours playing with the tools--the musical instruments and recording software--and spent even more time being a technical spec-head. I was more interested in knowing the potential of the new, shiny tool than I was in creating things. The aborted blogging attempts over a decade ago were derailed by being sidetracked by fixation on learning about running my own server, obtaining my own hardware, and learning the WYSIWYG design software.

Simply, my obsession with the DIY aesthetics meant nothing got done.

I've learned couple of important observations about not getting things done. Being obsessed with having and knowing all of the means of production involves significant time investment--something which I didn't have. Obtaining these means of production with insufficient time or aptitude to master them resulted in my stockpiling obsolete tools (decade-old software titles, computers from late 1990s, and a plethora of outdated recording gear) and half-assed creative output which faintly resembled the potency of the original ideas in my head. This was an expensive form of procrastination.

As much as I love jotting down prospective fragments of creative ideas in my Evernote app, Rhodia and Moleskine notebooks, and on random cocktail napkins, the harsh reality is that no one cares about creative endeavors in my head. It's high time that I take steps to GTD (Get Things Done).

Perhaps it's not surprising that my most productive musical efforts are my participation in bands--with other people. Adopting the mindset that I don't have to do it all is more conducive for my getting things done. Blogging is more productive when I'm not worrying about running and maintaining my own server hardware and software.

Maybe I had approached the DIY movement from a wrong perspective. Perhaps adopting an entrepreneurial mindset, with a focus on getting things done, is the path to creating successfully.

1 comment:

  1. I think that this is your most perceptive blog post yet.