Our privilege as human beings is to exercise our creativity, and the result is that our world will never be short of ideas. Highly-populated cities tend to attract these problem-solvers, innovators, and experimenters. Los Angeles, for example, is a growing art and design community. New projects and collaborations are debuting every month. Some of these projects inspire others to move forward with their ideas. Often, there are more than a handful of ideas that turn into multiple projects. It becomes a challenge, one that draws us back as the execution gets further away.
If our target is to finish a potential project that needs mental energy, we need to focus on it. While taking breaks is part of this creative process, we have to bring ourselves back to our main project’s needs, instead of abandoning it. This doesn’t mean that you need to forget about your hobbies, relationships, and side projects. When it comes to working on creative personal projects, try to limit it. Master it.
There are times when abandoning projects is necessary because it’s actually distracting you from something much greater, but be careful when this comes up. Sometimes it’s true, but sometimes it’s a form of procrastination. If you happen to always find yourself back to a project throughout years, it’s probably good to give it its full attention.
In this short excerpt from Ira Glass, host and producer for podcast “This American Life,” he talks about a creative person’s taste and the gap between where they begin and when they accumulate and form creations up to their standards. Sometimes people want to divert themselves and give up on their creative pursuits because it isn’t what they expected it to be. It may take many years. Watch the short clip below:
We have great ideas and great taste. We need the grit to finish our projects, and to work efficiently.
Everybody works differently, and some like to have side projects while they are working on a main one. That’s fine, as long as you are able to meet your goals and deadlines without sacrificing the quality of your main project.