It's pretty much a non-sequitur for you guys, but a friend asked me to write about "moods and productivity". I guess the inspiration for the request comes from the fact that he (and I!) can both be moody bastards and tend to bounce from periods of excited insight and desire to produce to somewhat more subdued periods when we are convinced that our labors are for naught and our ideas are unworthy.
In my experience, the environment strongly affects my productivity. The scene above was the site of a frenetic writing spell I went through over a course of 2 days when I hand wrote a couple of chapters of a lovely story in the tradition of Carl Hiassen or Christopher Moore...the relative ability to not think about anything more pressing than when I was going to get my next Balashi somehow freed me up to think about interesting characters involved in a whacky plot. Of course, I didn't finish that novel, which may be fodder for a future blog post dealing with unfinished projects...
But back to moodiness and productivity! I also have anecdotal evidence to offer that a nice walk (alone or in company) or a long run often sets my mind onto tracks of Ideas, and Plans, and Lists of Things to Do. But a funny thing about (my) human nature is that tiny little setbacks to the implementation of the Ideas/Plans/LoTtD can absolutely blow me up. Why is it, in that moment of setback (just prior to the blowing up) is it so hard to remember that original inspiration, that feeling of possibility that infused the moment of inspiration...and why is it so hard to remember to go for a walk when you're feeling down?
I have a heuristic I apply to my friends that seem stymied or "down" but that I often fail to apply to myself. I ask:
Have you had enough water today?
Have you done any stretching /yoga?
When did you last eat and/or have a poop?
Have you tried going for a walk?
It's amazing how often this works and I don't have to resort to next level heuristics (which involve standing on a chair, lying in the floor, and possible doing a handstand.