Yesterday I finally got around to figuring out some electronics that I had been meaning to figure out for a while now. From playing with them over the past couple of months, I had learned my way around the basics. But there was a list emerging of things I wanted to figure out. That list was growing and playtime did not accommodate this kind of work. So yesterday I carved out the time.
Play is important. It feels good, creative, inspiring. But it’s also important to tune into what emerges from play. What emerges is often the hard part. Left unchecked, it can be where all of the creativity that comes from play goes to die. So check it. Keep track of what emerges in your diary, on your phone. Play is important, but it’s only half of the equation. The other half is the work.