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  1. This article hit home for me. I was so struggling with this, that I thought I had a large collection of bad habits. I just finished a book by Gretchen Rubin called Better Than Before to help me with my everyday struggle. Right now I am moving through the pain of finishing a few things. Thanks for the article!

    • Hi Patricia,

      Thanks. I’ll check out the book. I haven’t figured it all out yet. I’m still struggling like everybody else here 😉

  2. Glad you wrote about this. I struggle with this type of thinking as well. I have to remind myself that sitting by the window watching the rain is never a waste of time.

    • We should definitely spend some more time alone on just thinking… I used to fill out my every spare minute with listening to podcasts, checking emails, reading, etc… and I realized that we can’t be creative and think on our own if we only consume someone else’s thoughts.

  3. Thanks Rafal. I was just struggle with not being able to do more;as I was spending time with my family and this led to doing less work. I always knew that somethings in life are more important than work. However, I still felt guilty. Great to know that I am not the only one experiencing this. Your article liberated me.

  4. Rafal, thank you very much for sharing this. As a writer and translator, I’ve always felt a need for different input, which ended up making part of my history and building up a knowledge background that helps me both in work and in life. Also, we tend to prioritize work over family, and this is also not good to our health – physically and emotionally. So, thanks for reminding us with these simple words that we need to embrace who we are and keep faithful to that — without forgetting that there are other important thing in our lives as well. My most sincere kudos to you!

  5. Thanks for this article! I feel every day like this…

    BTW: I think John Lennon said “Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”.

  6. Great article! Exactly how feel all the time. I’ve always described it as a gift and a curse. Gift because I’m always pushing myself to do better but curse because you never can relax. I find a lot of creatives have this problem and in a world so focused on efficiency, it’s nice to see more articles being honest and advising about creative guilt

  7. Dude you’re just s*** that is still trying to shine because you think you are special. No… You are just one more unproductive, uncreative, mindless designer that’s trying to justifciate (I know it’s not a real word just f*** you) his role in society. (should I say “its”). Creative guilt ? REALLY ? REALLY ?

    • Hi Charles,

      Looks like you had a really bad week. I hope it’ll make you feel better that I actually decided to publish your comment. Well, it’s not spam, it’s real and you spent your precious time to let me know about it, so it wouldn’t be fair if I deleted it.

      I hope you don’t mind I censored some words, because I don’t like swearing on my site.

      Enjoy your weekend. Relax. Have a beer or two 😉

  8. Your creative guilt seems to be a parallel to imposter syndrome. The people who feel it are the ones who least need to worry about it. The real imposters have no awareness that they don’t know what they are doing.

    Likewise if you aren’t worried about your productivity or creativity, maybe you should be. If you thinking about it, you’re probably OK. Enjoy your “wasted time” and keep going.

    Keep up the good work and well done answering a tough comment kindly.

  9. Man, I know the feeling /sigh/. I was feeling guilty while reading this article despite it’s Saturday night. #programmerslife

    My favorite sentence: Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
    Thank you 😉

  10. Hi Rafal, good point here. I wake up and go to sleep with this guilt, and it makes me feel bad at the time… However, sometimes I wonder, why is it that everytime I try to push hard for something, it feels like a battle…. and then everytime I waste time on things that I enjoy, there is a magic that will happen just out of the blue and will make things happen without any effort… It’s really strange how things work in this universe 🙂

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