We all have limited time.
In so many ways and in one ultimate sense.
I read once that all art, all creativity, is a response to the understanding that we are all going to die.
If we were immortal, there would be no art, creativity would die.
The thinking behind it being that we would always have time to do it. There would always be more time. We could always put it off, do it tomorrow, or whenever.
Simplistic and perhaps total BS, but it does convey the idea that we all feel the pressure of time in some way and we all react to it differently.
We all live our lives as if we are going to live forever.
We all realise we are not.
We all have a desire to make the most of the time we have, in every sense.
We all do that in different ways.
Being creative to a deadline is fantastic.
The most important thing it teaches us is that things will have to be as good as they are when the deadline hits, then we have to let them be, let them go.
With no deadline, we are tempted to tinker, to make it better, to chase perfection rather than let something be as perfect as it can be when it’s time to let it go.
Can we ever be aware of the greater deadline?
Is this something that we can use to drive us in our creative endeavours?
Can we turn the pressure of time to our advantage?
Yes. Yes we can.
Our energy for each thing we create has a natural cut-off point. That point where we feel we are just tinkering, adding the whistles and bells to make it more than it was ever meant to be.
Most creativity uses a craft as well as artistic inspiration, and of course we want to use all our skill and experience to make sure we have something that is as good as it can be in the sense of the craft.
Artistically, we can realise the idea and then it’s done.
The challenge of the pressure of time often defeats me. And it’s usually because I don’t want something I’ve created to be perceived as anything less than the best it could be.
But the best it could be at the time is what I should be focusing on.
I’m rubbish at self-imposed deadlines.
I need to work on my awareness of the pressure of time.
With the things you create, how can you turn the pressure of time in to a positive thing?