I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

Workloads and Creativity

I’ve noticed over the last few weeks a dis­tinct cor­rel­a­tion between my abil­ity to spend time on side pro­jects and the amount of design work I have going on. Jug­gling a part time job in the Cof­fee House along­side run­ning my design busi­ness makes for a dis­tinct lack of energy to keep my side/personal pro­jects going when things get busy. I find my motiv­a­tion drops as my energy gets used up jug­gling the two, and it’s a source of dis­ap­point­ment since I know the import­ance of doing my own cre­at­ive things on the side.
It seems to be a mat­ter of mar­gin or focus, I’m yet to work out which, but my gut (which is usu­ally right) tells my it’s about focus. When I become inves­ted in a pro­ject it dom­in­ates my mind. It becomes what I think about when I’m not really think­ing and I’ve cer­tainly become aware that this is what has been hap­pen­ing of late. It’s the reas­on I’ve star­ted yet anoth­er side pro­ject that will oper­ate on a sched­ule and is on a top­ic com­pletely unre­lated to any of my oth­er side projects.
Whilst hav­ing a pro­ject sit at the top of my mind is help­ful for work, it’s not always help­ful for me men­tally. I need to be able to cre­ate things just for the sake of cre­at­ing them. It brings me a joy and sat­is­fac­tion that cre­at­ing for a cli­ent doesn’t always bring. Eric Lid­dell once said

I believe God made me for a pur­pose, but he also made me fast! And when I run I feel his pleasure. 

I’ve nev­er thought about it in that way but I can cer­tainly relate to it. Like Lid­dell I believe God made me for a pur­pose, but I know He also gave me a gift of cre­ativ­ity and a pas­sion for design. When I use my gift, espe­cially just for the sake of it and not just for my work, I feel His pleasure.
God cre­ated the world because he wanted to, because it gave him sat­is­fac­tion and joy to do it (Gen­es­is 1 v 31). He enjoyed walk­ing in his cre­ation and meet­ing with the people he cre­ated, which we learn from Gen­es­is 3 v 9 when God goes look­ing for Adam & Eve. When I cre­ate some­thing because I want to, I feel God’s pleas­ure because in some way I am mir­ror­ing Him and that is an incred­ible thing.
My God is the God of cre­ation and He has giv­en me the gift of cre­ativ­ity. When I use that gift to cre­ate I feel His pleas­ure and that’s why I need to firm my resolve to cre­ate for the sake of cre­at­ing some­thing because I want to cre­ate it.