Usually, if I'm lucky, I don't think about what I'm doing when I'm making a bag. I just keep pushing until it's done. What I've learned is that sometimes it's best to not think. Thinking usually causes doubt and hesitation and that leads to fear and insecurity. So I'm usually best when I don't think. However, I'm known to overthink, so you see how my life is a constant struggle with myself.
Back when I was studying martial arts quite a bit, I was asking my master about some boxing techniques we were working on. I wanted to understand the technique so I could do it correctly and went on and on with my questioning.
My master stood there, arms crossed, with a deep concerned expression on his face, as if processing data. Then he said in broken stereo-typical old chinese man talk "less think, more do".
And that's pretty much how I get things done.
I divide my work day into sections.
1. Brain time
2. Do time
Also, I used to worry about what I do. Now, after a bunch of years doing it, I don't worry. Mainly because I know I can do it and whatever it is, it will probably turn out pretty good. I guess that's what happens?
I guess the downside is that things aren't as shocking or surprising or exciting as it was in the beginning. But I'm quite happy with not having the anxiety I used to have the first few years.
It's a good trade off.