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The formula behind my slumps

Just a quick post today, since I'm still pretty busy juggling my legitimate day-to-day obligations.  But an important one... I think.

I've been in a writing slump lately, as my last four or five Week in Review posts would tell you. I was looking back on my output throughout those posts and realized something important.  My most productive chunks of time all seem to come up when there's two things at play:

1) I'm really busy at work with general, routine business; BUT
2) I am not busy at work with writing or researching new materials.

It appears my brain requires a baseline level of stress for me to kick into the right gear where I can get shit done, but in order to turn that into a book, I need to ride a sweet spot where I'm not currently spending that energy writing for somebody else.

I guess the lesson of the story is that I'm quitting my day job.

Wait, no, that's a terrible lesson.  I like money.

The lesson is, be patient.  If I weather the current storm of my paid professional life, then I'll be in a good spot where I can redirect the momentum to where I want it in my personal life.  It's frustrating to wait, but in a way, it's also kind of comforting to know that all things have a cycle.