Working in the studio generally involves a rather different pace than more quotidian work. At times it is hard to shift into “studio pace” if I have spent the morning or the prior day doing administrative tasks, bookkeeping, or meetings. When doing office-type tasks, I work as fast as possible. Every movement, every thought, proceeds directly after the next and doesn’t require time for contemplation.
Studio work, studio pace- it is a little different. I’ll find myself stumped, or a little drained, after an hour or two of focused- but not fast- work, and then a walk around the house, a tea break, or taking the dog out to the yard allows me to continue.
When doing bookkeeping or administrative tasks as fast as possible, I expect to feel tired after two hours. But when slowly moving in dream state through the studio, it’s always a surprise if I hit a little wall and need a break.
Understanding that different sorts of work require different paces has been an important realization. Studio work does not happen at the same rhythm as office work. And somehow those hours of seeming inactive contemplation- these lead to efficient stretches of production.