Taking the Pressure Off and Feeling the Discomfort

Yoga Ice cream drawing

I still have quite a few unfinished assignments for Sketchbook Skool’s Stretching Klass but I’m trying to be OK with that. I’m still working on my 30 face drawings in 30 days and for now that’s enough for me to be getting on with.

I’m drawing every day and enjoying it. Pushing myself to do the SBS assignments as well right now would feel a bit too pressured and take the fun out of them. So I’m being kind to myself and letting myself off the hook by not doing them.

Not finishing these drawings at the same time as most other people on the kourse feels a bit uncomfortable because I’ve not done them ‘perfectly’ somehow, and that doesn’t sit easily with me. So maybe that’s another good reason to leave them alone for now – so I can get more comfortable with something that feels slightly uncomfortable.

Do you find it difficult to sit with something that’s incomplete or somehow imperfect? How do you deal with that feeling?

6 thoughts on “Taking the Pressure Off and Feeling the Discomfort

  1. vicky Reply

    I have trouble with that as well – just in the middle of trying to accept a lot of things that just cannot be done at the moment – If I find a way to cope with it better I will let you know!

    I really admire your resolve to do the one thing – the daily portraits – and declare that that is enough to be getting on with. In the face of too much to do that I cannot manage I can fall into the trap of doing nothing at all – so I will try and take inspiration from you – choose one thing that I can do and enjoy it – thank you 🙂

    1. Cathryn Worrell Reply

      I know that feeling. When I get really stressed and anxious it tends to paralyse me but I’m trying to find ways around that now. I’m not sure if this is the answer but it’s one approach that seems to be working OK right now, so that’ll do for me. And yes, do let me know what solutions you come up with :).

  2. Dale Reply

    Sometimes we take on too much, not realising just how much work will be involved. I have a bazillion things that need to be done and really must focus on one at a time (though I’ve been pressured to do more) as I get so overwhelmed I end up doing nothing! So, yes, my “to-do” list is quite full but I’m giving myself some leeway on the time to do them. Not all must be done immediately.

    Good for you on letting yourself off the hook!

    1. Cathryn Worrell Reply

      Hi Dale! I think focusing on one thing at a time makes sense both for your own sanity and also to help make sure you do each job justice. Multitasking can often mean that you get distracted and end up exhausted. Glad to hear you’re also giving yourself some breathing space :).

  3. Joy @ Joyfully Green Reply

    I totally relate to this post, Cathryn. I am really hard on myself, piling on way too many things. I’ve gotten quite good at saying no to other people’s requests (to join committees, chair something or other, go to events I don’t want to go to, etc.), but I’m still tough on myself. I think just realizing it is helpful, and remembering that the world will not end if I don’t complete my self-imposed to-do list. Not always easy, but I’m working on it! I also try to reward myself with a visual treat (like a movie) if I’ve been steamrolling through a bunch of days, getting stuff done like crazy and exhausting myself in the process.

    (By the way, what a fun illustration!)

    1. Cathryn Worrell Reply

      Saying no can be REALLY hard sometimes but often when I do it I feel a sense of relief (and sometimes a bit of guilt too but I’m working on that!). You’re right that just being aware of how tough we are on ourselves can make a difference because, if nothing else, it means you can keep a check on yourself every now and again. I’m also a fan of rewards for getting things done and reaching milestones too :).

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