What’s Next? (How to use stress now to fight off boredom later)

What’s Next? (How to use stress now to fight off boredom later)

Isn’t it ironic that I’m sitting here about to write a blog post titled “What’s Next?”, and yet the page remains blank? How could I possibly figure out what actually comes next?

Classes are finished, summer is on the horizon, and I (like quite a few other people) am in that strange in-between period called “change”, where I have a moment to breath before diving into the next thing.

I’m trying hard not to be enveloped by the void of momentary lethargy and negative air that remains now that the hustle and bustle of CreComm has come to a halt.

I can complain all I want during the school year about deadlines and insane workloads, but at the end of the day it felt good to be making things and staying busy. Even if it was more or less because I was being told to do it.

Quite frankly, I really needed to be told. Otherwise I would not have accomplished so much and actually put my twitchy squirrel brain to work.

But often in moments of stress I found myself thinking–wow, if only I had the time, I could be writing that song, making that video, writing out that idea, working towards that goal.

So to pre-emptively fight off the boredom, I do this:

  • Every time you feel like you’re drowning in assignments and stress, unable to do what you really want–identify that specific thing you want to do.
  • Do you wish you were travelling? Hiking somewhere? Working on a personal project? Playing music? Write it down.
  • Keep adding to the list of productive things you wish you had time for.
  • You may think you can’t come up with much right away, but keep that list handy. The next time you’re laying in bed, stressing about tomorrow (and how the morning is probably like less than 5 hours away now) some anxiety-born idea is going to pop into your head that you wish you had time for. The list will stack up.
  • This is a way to turn your frustrations and stress-thoughts into productivity.
  • Even the simple act of writing it down will take a little load off your mind.
  • Think of if as stock piling ammo against boredom.

Maybe this is a super obvious thing to do, I’m not sure, but it’s helped me along the way quite a lot. This is what I’ve stocked up so far. Hopefully I’ve insulated myself against feeling useless in the time between now and when I find a job.

This is a to-do list written by Past Sean, addressed to Future Sean:

  • Set up your next show
  • Write more songs about weird observations and strange thoughts
  • Make a rad music video.
  • Brainstorm ideas for 3 micro-films to make over the summer
  • Make those 3 micro-films ya dummy
  • Read the 3 books that have been collecting dust on your desk.
  • Replace them with 3 more to read.
  • Plan a canoe trip or a hiking trip
  • Go walk downtown and take at least 5 solid photos
  • Make like a legit picnic for 2 or more people and go eat it with them. Somewhere with trees and long grass. Like crackers and cheese even. It don’t matt-a.
  • Buy some clothes. Seriously, everything you own is falling apart. Are you homeless?
  • Buy a 50 mm lens, even if it means you have to continue to look homeless as a result.
  • Go a day without your phone–even if it’s just so you can walk around for a week bragging to everyone about how free-spirited and pure you are.
    • But no joke, I think this would really be good for you, bra’.
  • Come up with some really dumb tattoo ideas, and probably scrap all of them the next morning. Then come up with an actual good one
  • Write a letter to your poor neglected Australian pen pal before she forgets you exist. Seriously.
  • Buy someone you appreciate a small gift. For no reason. Just because people should do that more, I don’t know.
  • GET A JOB.

To be continued…

…keep adding things when you think of them!

The trick is to never let the well run dry.

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