I have a problem. Well, technically, I have a lot of problems. Like a knee that got fucked up when I jumped out of a tree during a Segway tour or how I'm quickly running out of space on the iPad where I draw my dinosaur pictures.
But the problem I have right now is that I live with four cats and one giant fluffy ball of fur, and I’m allergic to every single one of them. (One could also argue that jumping out of a tree during a Segway tour could be slightly problematic.)
I've taken an allergy pill every day for over eight years, but there are still at-home days when it’s just too much.
There are two simple and obvious solutions. Get rid of the damn cats or vacuum more. A whole lot more.
Since we’re not crazy people (who gets rid of cats just because of stupid allergies? Be reasonable.) clearly I just need to vacuum more.
Which brings me to the inherent second problem.
I am one lazy motherfuzzer. At least, when I’m not hard at work with my tech support or freelance creative side hustles. Or when I'm not laboring away for hours at a time on those dinosaurs I draw on my iPad. The point is that when I HAVE downtime, I'm more than happy to simply do nothing.
Over a year ago, I researched and bought a Shark Rocket vacuum.
(Sidenote: you know you’re adulting when you’re researching vacuums. Kill me now.)
This is actually a really good vacuum. Relatively cheap, light, easy to maneuver — especially when compared to the larger, more traditional-style vacuum we had previously.
The problem was that damn cord. I either don’t have the time or don’t want to waste the time dealing with wrapping and unwrapping and finding new outlets every thirty feet throughout the house.
I mentioned I was a lazy motherfuzzer, right?
So I did some more research and found a deal on a battery-powered Anker HomeVac Duo.
The battery only lasts 20-30 minutes, but it has a nice charging dock that sits out of the way and for two weeks now, I’ve been able to grab it and quickly zip through the house and suck up all that rogue cat hair. It's simple enough that, aside from the allergy benefit, vacuuming has become my go-to weekend chore.
Simplicity, of course, is the point of this story.
Vacuuming more frequently has immediate, positive benefits to my well-being, but until I simplified the process enough, it remained too much of a hassle.
Exercising your Creative Beast can have immediate, positive benefits to your well-being, but if the beast is stuck on a leash, making it too much of a hassle to haul ass and get shit done, you’re just getting in your own way.
I’m not saying creativity can’t be complex, but it’s important to make whatever your creative art is — drawing, music, video — simple to dive into.
Nike boils it down with their “Just Do It” slogan. That’s important, but the simpler “it” is, the easier it is to get started.
Get simple. Get creative.
And don’t forget to vacuum once in a while, you lazy motherfuzzers.