The Unexpected Lesson I Learned From My Failed Adult Coloring Book Experiment
I was so excited when my coloring book for adults and my crayon came from Amazon. I had read a lot about the benefits of returning to youth activity, when I launched the idea of my editor, I thought it would be one of the easiest articles I write coloring myself so I realized what helped me to eliminate stress.
The book was sitting at my desk by day. The article continued to be pushed back into the calendar because it was always too busy to stop what it was doing to do something so stupid.
Finally, on a Friday afternoon when I felt enough for the week and, as I had reached my productivity endpoint, the weekend a couple more hours, I got to my entertainment approved by the editor-in-chief. By removing the noise canceling headphones and clearing a space on my desk, I looked through the pages until I could start a design for my demarcation.
I briefly examined a combination of colors and was interested by this foreign company quasi using colored pencils in the middle of a day’s work. I waited patiently for a feeling of Zen to defeat me. I colored and waited. But I do not feel particularly reckless or like a lot of melted stress.
Less than an hour after I left, I left the project and I got my attention to the most immediate tasks: responding to the emails before the cleaning weekend my list of things to do, so that it is In good shape, Monday morning through reading interview preparation notes.
The weeks have passed and the book and the magnificent set of pencils remained inactive. I often thought about taking a break from work, finishing the turtle or treating the lion, but I could never convince myself to do it. He could not bear the thought of doing something so unproductive when he had a lot of meaningful elements to focus on.
Upon returning from a long weekend, I realized that they could be addressed throughout the project, and that night, I promised to do while watching TV or without listening to music. It seemed that this is generally how practitioners did so, at least according to the New York magazine I read. The activity, says neurologist Jordan Gaines Lewis, is “a way for people who have never been very artistic and literally add more color into their lives.” These books, found talking to adults who developed this new type of leisure, “are a convenient way to escape your imagination for a few minutes or hours a day, weather permitting.”
Remember when you were bothered by a little thing called productivity? Does not matter! “Here’s a wild thought: Everything we do must be in pursuit of productivity,” suggests Lewis. As I was not interested in knowing if I was engaged in productive activity when I sat at my table and the modern family saw half, I immediately felt more comfortable with exercise. But I still did not have the Zen revelation.
Understanding how this allows adults to engage in some form of play, they draw the shape, especially if it does not require their day to wear a creative thinking cap. As someone who comes home from work and spends several minutes before the dog to practice stupid dancing and dance routines for the fun of my fiance (I hope, just oversized?) I do not feel especially in the living room part to be.
And with regard to creative work, well, I’m a writer and publisher, so often, my life forced me to use that part of the brain.
So I would not say that adult coloring is not for me, but I would like to stress that you do not check boxes, according to him, stress, relax and rest, do not have to because I had already figured out ways to check these boxes. I realized that it is not so much that we all have to run and buy coloring books, but we have to work “free spirit” in our day.
I think this particular concept has taken so quickly because it was a justifiable excuse (and ultimately the way) to do something completely unproductive. Too often we delay anything that does not contribute to the results in any way (although the bottom line simply works in a Netflix queue). There is always a goal in mind. With color, there is no goal, it is not really