You know that feeling when you sit down ready to be creative, you’re all motivated, right? You bring out that fresh canvas or maybe turn to a fresh page in your journal and then it hits.
Your jaw drops and you draw a blank.
What if I told you that I just went through this when preparing to write this blog post for you?
It’s common to go through this when you “think” you have a plan. – but don’t really. I thought I had a plan. I didn’t write anything down though, it was all in my head. But you know what happens when you leave your ideas in your head.
Your Inner Critic invites Shiny Object Syndrome to the party.
How many times did you want to do something, but couldn’t be bothered? Did it seem to be a lot of work? Did you come up with a bunch of excuses? Too busy?
My answer: Many, yes, yes and as I’m holding my head down, another big fat yes.
And along comes the other C word… Covid-19. We’re locked in at home, wanting to stay safe and OMG, look at all the time we have now right?
We have a list of things we want to write, make, and do.
and then it hits
Your jaw drops and you draw a blank.
What the heck is going on here? you had a list of things you wanted to write, make and do. You have a plan.
It’s called overwhelm. Overwhelm causes stress and stress causes you to shut things down.
Here is something I’d like you to try while you’re staying home, wanting to be creative, but haven’t found the motivation to start, do, and finish. You’re going to focus, focus, focus…ready? open mind and really try this.
You’ll need a few sheets of paper and a pen – do not use a computer.
What’s something that you really like to do? Write it at the top of a sheet of paper.
On that same sheet of paper, write down a few additional things related to that thing you really like to do.
Now, write each of those additional things you like at the top of a new sheet paper.
Now on each sheet, write down a few steps on what you need to do to do that thing.
Now, let’s make sense of this.
For example, I’m really good at colour mixing and I love to do it. I write this at the top of a sheet of paper.
Now, what are things that involve colour-mixing that I also love to do? I write this on that same sheet of paper.
- teach colour mixing
- create really interesting pen barrels for a certain ideal customer
- create resin swatches to help make the design process much easier
It’s time to break them down, so I also write each of these things at the top of 3 fresh sheets of paper.
The one that stands out is creating really interesting pen barrels for a certain ideal customer. Specifically right now, at this moment it’s a special pen for a father who enjoys hunting invisible deer, wolves, and coyotes with his daughter.
The backstory is that they live on a farm and he’s teaching his daughter how to defend the farm animals. She’s too young to shoot a gun, so he’s teaching her how to be aware of her surroundings. My father did the exact same thing with me so I knew I had to say Yes to making this gift.
On the list, I wrote down what I needed to plan out, from assembling the supplies, pigments to test out etc. etc. I wrote down approximately how long this would take and gave myself a deadline.
I ended off the sheet with “I will create 4 pen barrels by end of day tomorrow”.
Guess what? I now have a plan, written on paper that is so much more manageable.
Writing this down with a pen on paper, makes it more real. It’s tangible and it’s much easier to manage the time to make it a smart goal. I have a deadline and you know what else I did… I made up this list. Start to Finish. Writing things down also makes it easier to remember.
Hey, I got something done!
So now, I’d like you to give this a try.
Don’t over-think and have fun.