OCD

I've recently moved my apartment and studio from two locations to having my studio back into my living space. Its been almost 10 years since having a combined space and I have to say im loving it. The area i work in is much smaller but the more i work on new pieces the more i find my groove within a new system. 

Systems are important to me. Im not sure when that all started but i think i was pretty young. I have a learning "disability", i dislike that word immensely......but for lack of a better word we all seem to use it. Dyslexia if you will. Not extreme dyslexia, i graduated high school with a grade 8ish level reading and i could not fill out forms, like job applications or bank forms, things like that. But somehow i graduated high school and managed to get into college. I did one year of Art College and flunked art history. So i could not continue. But i did love art history, i just couldn't remember all the dates enough to pass the exams....

Whats been interesting to me these last few years is that ive managed to get where i am on systems and being nice to people. Its amazing what being nice can do. I dont set out to be nice. I genuinely want to connect with people. Even if its just for a moment. Like a bank teller, server, opening the door for someone. Our days are so filled with getting from point "a" to point "b" that we often forget to stay present and be here right now and enjoy this little moment. Continuously...every moment. 

Without systems im somewhat lost. I joke about being OCD, but i dont really think i am, i just like systems. For example, my tupperware is put in the cupboard with the lid on it. Or under it. But together. My keys go on a key hook as soon as i walk in the door. My tools are in a tool box. These are simple examples but i try to have systems for most things. We do so many things in a day that are unconscious. Like putting our keys down somewhere. Why not create a habit that puts them in the same spot every time. Then you dont have to waste time looking for them. Its a silly thing but if you add up all the time you waste on bad habits...good god....it can be an hour a day or more.......seriously, think about that. When you say i wish there was more time in the day....there actually is...

When i was a bartender everyone thought i was so annal...and i was!  But i was really fast because i made a system so i could get drinks out at lightning speed. Which meant more money per hour for both me and the restaurant and really happy customers. Time is money. Have you seen the movie "In Time" with Justin Timberlake? I love this movie. Instead of being paid with money you get time. Makes one really think about how valuable time is when an actual monetary value is attached to it....

One book i love is the Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss. He's kinda nuts....and a lot of what he says doesnt work for me....which is part of his philosophy, take what works, chuck the rest. But he has some great ideas and ways of thinking that have been really really helpful and have made me think about what is really important and why am i not doing them. Why as a society do we put so much emphasis on doing things that are not important then sugar coat it to look amazing. Like working a 60 hour week. Have you noticed when people brag about there jobs they often say "i worked 60 hours this week" or "oh i dont have time i work so much" and they are so proud. Why? How did working so much become such a status symbol. I find it weird. I dont even wanna paint 60 hours a week.....I wanna have time to meditate, read, have coffee with my friends, go to art shows......have a life! 

Time is time.....hoard it. Make it your own. Stop wasting time on things that dont matter. Put your energy into things that matter. Create habits that will benefit you, not waste your time.