Ry often asks me "How can you stay up so late and still function?", so i got thinking about that question and the notion of staying up late. Firstly, i don't know that i want to throw the word 'function' around too carelessly. I wouldn't say i quite function, i just drink more coffee. Sometimes i think i do not actually wake up, truly, until about 9pm. Or, shall i say, I don't funtion at my full capacity until about that time; the time prior to that seems like a lot of mosey-ing about. I also love the feeling of exhaustion that comes after working really, really hard. It's like when food tastes better after you've done a lot of exercising. Am i right?
So, what am i doing when i stay up late?
I create. I'm either in my studio organizing (oddly enough i don't actually do a lot of creating in there - it's more of a store-house), sitting in front of the t.v watching a movie or shows and making something, in bed doing the same, or on the computer getting caught up on... everything. Sometimes staying up late means staying really late at the shop re-decorating, creating vignettes or putting out product.
Do I do this every night?
no. It's kind of like this: most nights i go to bed at a regular-ish time of about 11pm. Buuut, every once in awhile i get the conviction to stay up really late and only get a few hours of sleep. This is not something i just like to do, i actually get the visceral need to stay up late. I end up doing this a few times a month. Sometimes I think my conviction to stay up late is also what sustains my procrastination: i'm not a steady-worker-bee, but rather a sporadic mosey-er and then go into super productive mode a few times a month. it's weird.
Anyway, that's a bit of about me and productivity. How about you? I'm very interested in when people feel their most creative and/or productive. This is actually a very common question i ask when i do artist interviews (you can check them out here)
crying all nighthawks...
*** p.s, isn't that the most magical photo? Ry took this of me on our communal balcony in Turkey - i was lighting candles and this is what came out of that photo. It's one of my favourite photos (and no, not just because i'm in it;)