Revelation today! Yes, you can find success by sleeping ten hours a day.
You-"But wahHHH? What do you mean JET??? 10 hours a day?? I'll BE A PILE OF LAZY AND TURN INTO A DRUNK ON THE STREET!!!"
Jet -"NOT IF YOU'RE HAPPY!!"
Let me back it back it up a bit. As I mentioned before, these journals will also serve as my personal notes to myself on the new things I learn about myself, art, and everything in life. The biggest problems i deal with right now is procrastination, and sleeping. And I constantly try to find solutions to fixing them, but nothing seems to work! And now i'm starting to think this is because of deeper underlying issue. And that is with happiness. I'm not happy.
Something I learned about procrastination is that it comes from fear. The fear that whatever you have to do wont come out well, a fear of not doing as well as you want it, or know it could be. The thought of work is so heavy that the easiest way out is to just get some form of entertainment! Before, my guilty pleasure was Starcraft. However, I've deleted that off of my computer about a month ago, cause it was getting out of hand. NOW IT'S FACEBOOK! I read all of those articles everyone posts, and just get lost. Mostly Science and politics. I love to know what's going on around the world. I love hearing about progress. Politics is usually the oppisite. It talks about the problems. Problems we need fixed. But what starts off as just one hour of reading, turns into a whole day wasted. And it goes back to that fear, running away. HOW DO I FIX THIS IMPULSIVE BEHAVIOR!? For me, i'm not so much afraid of not doing well as I am making things more complicated then it has to be. Meaning I set these outrageous goals that becomes like heavy weights on my head. I want my work to be PERFECT, THE BEST!! AND I'LL DO A TON OF THEM!!! The list of things to do become longer and longer, leaving me in a whirling daze and the best way out is escaping to entertainment. This spills over to sleep! I'm so in the zone with these pleasurable activities, I sleep SUPER late, so I end up having to wake up later! I don't just wake up later, I OVERSLEEP! Meaning more then 8 hours WHY?????? BECAUSE I KNOW I HAVE A LOT OF THINGS TO DO!!!! YOUTUBE, FREELANCE, PERSONAL ART, FRIENDS, FAMILY, FINANCES, GIRLFRIEND, LIFE..... I just wanna curl up in a ball, where I have noooooo worries in the world. DRIFT OFF INTO A DREAM LAND!! But then when i DOO wake up, the destructive cycle repeats itself, and gets worse! Because now I have MORE work then before! Now I'm playing catch up! Oi... Sure in the end, I get my work done. But not without a long drawn out battle. And many of you might be thinking, "life must be great for JET!! He's GOT IT ALL PLANNED OUT!" HAhaha, when really, it's not like that at all. I always feel like I'm running at 5-10% capacity. And it all just leaves me, well, drained and depressed ='[ NO WORRIES! Cause I've learned to do something that will help me along the way!!!!! YAYYYY! And it was right in front of my eyes, well in my case, ears this WHOLE TIME. Fix it with being HAPPY WITH YOURSELF!!! "WAAHHH????"
Yeah, so what ever do I mean?
I meditate ALOT! And it has done wonders for me. But I became so outcome oriented, I forgot what it was that helped me in the first place. That happy feeling that I got out of it began to fade in my second year of meditating(guided through earphones). Before, it use to feel so good, Almost to the point where I felt like there wass NO WORRIES IN THE WORLD! Yeah, I use to get that out of meditation. Of course there are real world problems but mediation is all about focus and being in the moment. And one of the tricks of meditation are the "AFFIRMATIONS" you tell yourself. Affirmations are reinforcing positive thoughts yourself. Telling yourself(saying it out loud will help), things like, I am thankful, I am happy, I am forgiving, I am loving, I am wise, honest, strong, brave, successful!!! ANYTHING positive!! The trick is to remind yourself, you really are great, and everything is and will be okay. Be in control of your state mind. Making happiness an option that you choose. I came to a point where, I lost track of the meaning of those words, and just go through the motions expecting a change to just happen, and not actually feel those words. Essentially, not putting in some intention/voluntary work behind the breath. Well how could I with the piles of work I've made for myself? That's RIGHT!! "I" made that pile. And really, that pile is ALL IN MY HEAD! And isn't very physical at all! Many problems we have are much smaller then we like to believe! So why not alleviate it by changing your mind about that burdensome pile? Like poof! GONE! NO MORE WORRIES! HAhaha and I don't mean, just fuck it all, sleep sleep sleep, and forget about everything I have to do. Of course NOT!! But I CAN have the cake AND eat it TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Meaning, I can be in control of my state of mine be happy while dealing with all the problems/obstacles of life. For example, I can either do my laundry with a sad face and say, DAM CHORES, So tedius!!! OR I can do my laundry with a smiley face!^___^ "CLOTHES WILL BE CLEANER WHEN I"M DONE, YAYY!" Yes thats right. Changing the way you see things, is a choice. The problems/tasks/obstacles are STILL THERE! But it's up to you wether you go through your days with a smile on your face or not. Those problems, are not in control of wether you smile or not, YOU ARE!
"WHERE THE HELL ARE YOU GOING WITH ALL OF THIS JET?? JUST SPIT IT OUT!"
IT'S JUST THAT! I'm procrastinating cause i'm depressed. I'm Depressed SO I PROCRASTINATE!!! I wake up late and I know I have so much to do, and I'm behind, so I feel soo down so instead of getting up and kicking life in the ASS I avoid responsibilities AND GO BACK TO SLEEP! I'm not in the moment anymore. I'm not in control of my emotions. I'm too focused on the out come of things and not the process. I'm thinking about all the things I have to do constantly, and not stopping to just... breath... TAKE A BREATH...dig deep, and say. Everything IS okay Jet. It's not "WILL" be okay, IT REALLY "IS" OKAY! And genuinely believe it is. Unless you have terminal illness(which in someways you can still say it) Everything IS okay, because you know what?, fuck it, I SAID SO! ANd YOU CAN SAY IT TOO! SAY IT WITH ME *^*% it, IT'S OKAY! I'm okay! And that's what I learned, or re discovered. Remembering to believe in those affirmations. It may feel stupid, but you HAVE TO BELIEVE! Tell it to yourself. Say in third person. Say, Jet, everything is okay! AT LEAST FAKE IT until YOU MAKE IT! If thats what it takes, then DO IT! YOU ARE GREAT, YOUR ARE BRIGHT, YOU ARE LOVING, STRONG, FORGIVING, EMPATHETIC! You DESERVE IT. If you need to ball and cry, DO IT!! But get up and wipe those tears away, and say, It'll be alright! There is so much research that, optimism goes a long way. People who believe they can do something vs someone who believes that they can't do something, ARE BOTH 100% correct! Let's say these two imaginary people never have made art in their lives. Well the person who said, they can, will, and the person who says, they can't will probably not. And if that person attempts with the "can't attitude", well they've already made up their mind, and anything they put down will look shitty, which will push them further from perusing art! The kid who said they can, drew the same exact thing, but instead, feels 110% better about his piece. He'll continue to grow in art. And he will love every moment of it. Positivity, optimism, is the same as a placebo working in your favor. Two people taking a placebo pill to fix a cold. The person that was healed faster had a stronger belief that it will work. A placebo really is just your mind and body's abilities to heal itself. I MEAN IT JUST MAKES SENSE! So how is this gonna help?? Well, just today, I noticed a increase of work, after doing a quick morning affirmation when I woke up. Told myself all those positive things to start and smiled the whole day. I noticed an increase in work, getting started wasn't like pulling teeth, and avoiding distracting things like FB and Youtube was MUCH easier cause I found the source of happiness from work. From doing work. From being productive and being okay with myself! And that leads to how sleeping 10hrs means success!!! WAHH????
"But you just said, don't sleep like a snorlax Jet?? I'm CONFUSED"
Okay, so tackle the problem of sleep. If you are like me, you don't like to wake up early and you have problems with going to sleep. So plan ahead! Give yourself room for error. NOT REAL ERROR! But, allow yourself what you need! So 2 things that I've learned about sleeping.
1. I sleep late, cause I woke up late, and am too awake to go to sleep.
2. I wake up late, cause I went to sleep too late, and I'm too sleepy to wake up early!!
It a destructive never ending cycle of doom! BUT WAIT! WAIT 2 Ways to fix this!! YEAHH!! I CAN DO IT!
1. You hate, HATE, HAaaaaaYYYTTEEE waking up early, BUT!!! You have a Little more control over what time you sleep then what time you wake up!! AHHHH If you can get the sleeping part done right, you can then wake up! So you have to go sleep at your designated early time. If that's 10pm it's 10pm. If it's 2am then it's 2am! You have to stick to sleeping at that time. Being able to wake up early, depends on your going to sleep earlier, ANNDD, KNOWING HOW MUCH TIME YOU NEED TO SLEEP!
2. For me, i use to always think I needed 7-8 hours, of sleep, because that's what all the science keep saying. BUT I KEEP WANTING TO SLEEP IN! On average it's anywhere from 8-11 hours of sleep. And BINGO! That's the solution! Give yourself room to over sleep! So if you need 9 hours of sleep, and want to wake up at 8 every morning, then that means, GO TO SLEEP AT 11 pm! THATS IT! That easy. And sleeping at 11pm is pretty dam reasonable, i mean, I remember as a kid, my curfew was 8-9 if I was LUCKY, 10!!!! Now that Im a freelancer and an adult, I am in charge of my own sleep. So I go to sleep at around 5am.... yeah poor.
I read a new study showing, kids or teens need an average of 9hrs of sleep!!! Not 8, cause their brain is still developing etc. Well I'm a grown adult, SO WHY DO I STILL FEEL LIKE I NEED MORE SLEEP?? So much sleep? Well maybe it's cause I'm a creative, and with ahfd(attention hyper focus disorder) my brain uses A LOT of energy throughout the day and like a battery, it needs MORE time to recharge. It could be true or not, but for now, whatever the case may be. If can start sleeping at 11pm, and STICKING TO IT! THen MAYBE, i'll begin to , cut back on sleep, and wake up earlier, automatically!
Reinforced with AFFIRMATIONS and a positive/optimistic attitude, It should make every goal I seek to accomplish a lot easier. Like going to sleep on time and getting to work when I have to.
HOW DO I SOLVE PROCRASTINATION? Well you know one of the methods, being overall happier, optimistic, postive. Of course that can only go so far. Whats another way?? I mean a SILVER BULLET?? Well how do you eat an elephant? One piece at a time. BUt WAIT! YOU NEED TO FIND ALL THE LITTLE PIECES. Sometimes pieces can be broken up even smaller.
Here the steps!
#1. Stop making the project soooo big that even thinking about it hurts your head.
#2. Focus on the task by parts. INstead of the whole thing. ONe piece at a time, is much easier then thinking about the whole thing as a whole.
So hypothetically! What if you had to design 5 characters, WHAT DO YOU DO??
#1. don't think of the bigger picture.
Thinking of it as a whole triggers immediately, oh man... thats a lot of work, i'm gonna hop on some game then get started 2hrs later, oh man... wait im hungry now. Maybe after I make lunch. Let's COOK something nice, cause I LOVE COOKING! 2hrs later O man, I gotta go potty! Okay lets get started, wait! Gotta check emails, always check emails!!! THAT"S IMPORTANT!!!! Wait what's going on on face book?2hrs later, i'm hungry again. Man it's late, I better go to bed... It's an endless cycle.
#2. all you have to do is make a rough draft!
Simple, not the whole drawing.
#3. Even better do thumbnails
before rough draft. Piece of cake!! I CAN DO TTHAT YEAH ^___^ so you started the thumb moved on to roughs CLEANED IT, RENDERED IT!!!! COLOR ROUGHED IT! and finished the design YAYYYYY!!!!!
"You're the winner now Jet, how does it feel to finish your first character? "
"Well pretty good, I think I could use a break. How bout some fb, game, tv, organize computer, you know what??? I'll take a vacation! YEAH LET"S GO FLY AWAY! FAH FAH FAH AWAY FROM HEH! ^___^ but wait, why are we still on point #3"
"Well because you arn't done with the 4 other designs yet. ANd you now you wasted hella time taking a biggo break from work and gone fishen"
This is a problem that happens when I finish a drawing, or a task. YOu have to remember the game isn't over, TILL IT"S OVER! Now i have to muster up all that energy, to start up the NEXT task!! OH NO!~!!! Not the next one... I gotta start up my thumbs again, that means, opening up a new file, finding refs, labeling the ref folder, and searching internet. Let's just crawl back into the earth and forget any of this happened.... T___T
"BUT WAIT JET THERES ANOTHER WAY!!"
Starting a new project isnt just the first drawing, or thumb, YOU CAN ALWAYS BREAK IT DOWN EVEN FURTHER! Wait, what did you say about refs? And labeling folders??? Thats A STAGE! Thats part of the elephant you forgot break down. EVERY STEP NEEDS TO BE BROKEN! Otherwise it'll feel like a bigger task then it really IS!
###4. INCLUDE REFERENCE RESEARCH and folder making
as a step in the process. AVOIDING TOO MUCH REFERENCES! Prepare for that! Cause you might get swallowed into the internet. SO yeah, even before drawing thumbs, you can first make folders for your characterS! Label them. Refs, jpgs, finished, orginal psd/ms files. And that! Is an easy task. You don't even need know how to draw to DO THAT! ^___^ So technically this one is 3 and not 4 but I like to be dramatic.
#5 yes there is a 5. Don't start roughing
and cleaning your character yet, WAHH?? which is faster? Building one car at a time in your garage, or making a factory and having an assembly line where MULTIPLE cars are made??? Easy, factory where many cars are made. So remember how finishing my first design made me take a vacation to the bahamas? Yeah, it's because my mind is done with working! What if you started the process on multiple characters?? THEN IT'LL FEEL LIKE YOU ARE NOT DONE! Plus, it'll feel SOOO much easier to jump into the next character/project, because you got everything set up.
#6 Make folders, label them, and find refs
, for ALL 5. In my case i'm currently working on 50 or so characters for a game, so I do them in batches of 5. Find refs for ALL FIVES FIRST! NO DRAWING, NO THUMBS! NONE OF THAT. JUST FOCUS ON THE EASIEST PART! Organizing the folders and finding refs. WHEW. When you've got all the folders prepped, and refs found, my god, it's such a breeze to jump into the next character. But why stop there?? Why not streamline all 5 thumbnails? Work on all the thumbs for all 5 first!
#7 Thumbnail, all
5 characters, like an assembly line for cars. NOW WE"RE TALKING! You are essentially starting them all, so it won't feel like you are done, and need to reward yourself so heavily,when you finished one. This is cause you've started many! It's now turned into working on MULTIPLE mini projects! Not one LARGE DIFFICULT TASK. But Multiple SMALL projects. Learning to eat an elephant one piece at a time, IS a skill. And this is my current break through that has shot my productivity through the roof, especially when everything else(being happy/affirmations) is combined. Starting all of those thumbs, means you've gotten a lot of thinking completed for the other characters so it'll be twice as easy to get started, and less burden/pressure on your brain! AHHHH!!!. Changing my whole idea about what it means to get started. Getting started IS THE HARDEST PART. But now!!! It it's no longer "o man, I gotta come up with a shiny new monster" NO! You already found all of your reference material AND you organized your folders, ANNNND, you got the pesky thumbnails done! Thumbnails really are the meat of the drawing, it's where you invent the overall, gesture idea of the character. When you get THAT DONE, you are pretty much half way done. So you get your thumb done, you are pretty much done. So again, making it sooo much easier to start, ANNDD to comprehend.
#8 lastly, schedule your work, and week. Scheduling your work, really should come before everything else. Schedule your week, set a completion date. Break down your work into parts and stick to the schedule. How much are gonna work each day, and when should everything be done. If you are like me and a freelancer, time management is difficult. No mom, school, or job, telling you when to work. You have to figure that out yourself, and thats for another day. A great site for organizing work is, Trello.com. THey even have a checklist. You can also use google calendar. THere are plenty of programs out there that can help you with that. So let's list this off again.1. Schedule
2. ORganize folders and materials.
3. Work on the beginning stage of multiple task.
4. Execute them one by one.
Breaks are always important, and can be split up after each point is completed, or however you feel is necessary.
AND THAT, is how I overcome the pressure of procrastination. This can apply to anything you want to accomplish in life. Breaking things into parts, to make it not just easier on you, but your mind. Because getting over the idea/comprehending is a difficult task. FOR ME anyway. And not just breaking down, but breaking down everything from pre production to scheduling. Cause if you are missing that piece of the puzzle, it'll feel like you are compensating for the missing pieces every time.
I learned that when i'm more carefree and having fun and not worrying, my work tends to be the best! That's what I needed. I wasn't happy because of all of the pressure I've built for myself. Too much expectations became draining. Focus on what you can do NOW. eliminate the distractions the best you can, and focus on NOW! Did you know endorphins are released when you smile!? Meaning the feel good chemicals in your brain that you get from pleasure like Sex, games, tv, food, laughter, exercise can also come from smiling. Look here if you don't believe me. www.psychologytoday.com/blog/c…
Smiling is associated with happiness from a young age. Since infancy. It can be an involuntary reflex to something happy/funny. Or you know what? IT CAN BE DONE VOLUNTARILY. Meaning you can choose to smile. TRY IT! IT FEELS GOOD. You've had years of practice. I don't think many people play games, and watch comedies and Laugh with a straight face. Thats just...weird...and you might wanna get that checked. When you walk through the street and just SMILE, you'll start feeling good! The day is less cloudy, and people around you are less annoying. Don't let others or superficial things in life control your emotions. When you smile, they smile, and everyone wins. If they don't smile at you and look mad, well you know what? Im not gonna let some one else tell me how to feel, just cause THEY are having a bad day. So smile more often. Think of all the positive things you have in your life and don't focus on anything else. Think of all the problems that YOU OVERCAME! Sure it might be hard at first, but you can always find something to be grateful for to help. You might have 2 hands where some don' have any. You might be healthy. Your eyes are working. Maybe you have one arm, and you are thankful you didn't lose both. Or you have food to eat. You have an internet CONNECTION! You have a bed to sleep in at night. Jeez thats a big one. Theres plenty to be thankful for. This will make you feel so much happier. But mostly, You have to really love yourself, into being successful. And not necessarily big sucess. Be loving of every small itty bitty successes, and be proud of it. Wether that is wake up on time or putting your pen down and making your first mark. Hold on to that feeling until, all the little things turn into a biggo batch of balloons that lifts you off into the sky like that old dude in "UP." I've noticed a lot of successful people who always smile. And I always wondered, Did they smile as a result of their success????? Cause they accomplished so much? Or did they have the smile on their face before all of that? And was it their, "I CAN ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING" attitude that did it? IONO??? Maybe a little of both? ^___^ . You hear successful people say it all the time, big time rapper once expressed, forgot his name, who made millions saying, he got everything, the girls, the mansion, the cars, but he wasn't happy. Why??? What could be missing? He said it was because he forgot who he was. His close friend family. Maybe this because he never found himself. Loved himself. Then there is the poor monk story, who had nothing but the robe over his back. Yet was the happiest mofo you ever did meet.
If We can all just be a little more happy with ourselves, smile a little more everyday, we'll have less difficulty with life. Dealing with problems, finding solutions. That is why i've told myself recently, i'm not a failure for sleeping for 9-10 hours. Screw it, as long as there is a method to my madness(sleeping early and on time), I CAN SLEEP AS LONG AS I FREAGEN WANT! Because I accept the way I am, and by accepting who I am, that makes me happy. And happiness will help me reach my goals easier, including the goal of sleeping less. So what if that other artist is producing like 20 drawings a day, or that other lady only needs 4 hours of sleep. Who cares what they do. If I focus my attention on them, I'll be worrying myself to the grave and nothing will ever get done. So take a breath, relax, remind yourself, you are great, you can do it, and you deserve all of the loving energies this life has to offer. And you deserve to tell yourself you are proud of yourself. What would the deceased version tell you about your homework assignment you were stressing out about? Or the break up you had. Or the dog you lost? I know my dying old age self would tell myelf, "hey Jet, it's okay man, you'll be fine. You are loved and life is good. Enjoy life, because it is short." Too short to be worried about everything in the world. Just relax, and focus on what's in front of you. One piece at a time. Slowly, surely.
*whew!* hope that helped some of you!
I know that was a long one, and I don't expect anyone to read this to the end, but if you did, THANKS FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART. These are some of the thoughts that float around my head daily, and unless I write it down, I know it'll just flutter way. So yeah! Thats how I find success by sleeping for 10 hours a DAY!~ Thanks and sleep tight BUTTOMUPPEEBUMBS!