If you are anything like me, you have moments when you just want to sit down, clone yourself five times over and DO IT ALL, RIGHT NOW.
That’s what brain rush does to us. It makes us wish we could drop everything and focus on our art, whatever that may be. In reality, we can’t always do that. So how do we handle wanting to start all these new projects when we just can’t right now, for legitimate reasons (work, school etc.)?
Here are a few things to remember.
It’s okay to focus on one thing at a time, or multiple things at once
It all depends on what you can handle. How much time do you have? Do you have the freedom to split your days between multiple projects? Or are you at one of those really awkward points in your life when you come home from your day job and somehow have to find time to dedicate a few hours to your side project between dinner and sleep?
You can work on a few projects at once, chipping away at each one a little at a time, or make more headway on one project at a time by making it your creative priority. I’m working on about 10 different things right now, and I don’t always like that, but it’s just where I am in life right now. It is what it is. There is no right or wrong way to do it, as long as you are doing something and keeping up with it consistently.
If your idea is unique enough, no one is going to take it from you
It’s very unlikely that you are going to miss your chance to “be the first one” to write or do something just because you didn’t jump on it fast enough. If your idea is original enough, and you are passionate about it, it’s much more worthwhile to take your time, plan thoroughly and create something amazing than rush into it and create something that totally flops.
No one’s going to steal your ideas right out of your brain. Not usually. And if they do, there is always a way to put a new spin on something that has already been done. It just might take a little more time to make it work. That’s just part of creation. There are a lot of people creating new things. You just have to find your place within the chaos and do things your own, different, amazing way.
Mind your milestones
Whether you realize it or not, some of your ideas have prerequisites. You might need to write a lot for free before someone will pay you to do freelance work. You might have to start small before you can go big, even if no one pays attention at first. You might even need a degree or certification to be able to legally or credibly create what you want to create.
I have been a particularly frustrated graduate student the past few months. All I want to do is create, and sometimes that means I start feeling trapped when I’m locked into an assignment with very specific parameters and requirements.
But I also need my MS credentials to produce some of my bigger ideas, particularly a health web series (you’re going to love it, eventually). You need some kind of credibility to do that stuff; there are enough clickbait-happy health nuts without science degrees out there already. So before I can start really focusing on that idea, I need to first focus on finishing my degree (almost there).
Even I have to remind myself of these things at least once every day. Creation happens in stages. If you let your passion carry you through it, and let it help you continue to work hard and go after what you want, in time, you will create amazing things. There is no rush. You have plenty of time.
What are you working on right now? Is there a project you really want to start, but can’t make time for it at the moment? How do you cope with that frustration?
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