The line between your main profession and your recreational pursuit is marked by a separate energy and focus required for each of them. The same applies to photography. In my personal transition there is going to be the specialty area that I work toward and the personal projects or work that I do to release and have fun with.
In training myself to have a focus on the specialization of portraiture and modeling and the business side of those areas, I'm learning that I need to maintain a balance and keep my documentary style in place as well. As I have a camera on me most every day throughout my travels, it's easy to pop the lens cap off, power up and capture. I can opt to do a photo walk when I have spare time; and during those brief stretches of time I can put my earbuds in, hit either a playlist or run off an album or two of John Coltrane and just tune out the hundreds of people around me in my surrounding area. It just works. I let it happen. I make it happen.
Zoning out and creating your tunnel vision, fueled by an emotion you may be experiencing can be a game-changer. It can be how you start to focus on achieving a look or creating a story. But for me, I need to be passively consumed by this process to the point that people and ambient sounds are white noise. A couple of hours can pass in this mindset, and the only thing I need to make sure I'm paying attention to are crosswalks and cars. The phone may ring and I may have a conversation I won't remember (it's happened! I only hope I didn't commit to something on that call that's now missing from my calendar....). I may get home an hour or so later than I wanted to since I'm pushing my timeline back. But I'm making sure I find the time to keep my side projects alive and I can maintain the balance and enjoyment. It's alright, the other goals are being worked on due to planning and a schedule. This is about getting a little lost, about breaking free for a bit of time.