Or how to get caught in false productivity, when really you’re just wasting time.
You could spend forever planning if you really wanted to. You could write lists, create mind maps and make a 12 month plan. You can do all of those things and make no progress on the project you are planning for.
Sometimes, we hide behind planning because we don’t feel ready to begin.
And it’s not to say that planning is bad, it’s a good thing.
However, a big reason for over planning is because you don’t want anything to go wrong. But eventually you have to get the point where you realise that you just can’t plan for everything.
As much as you can try to plan, It turns out that most of the time we’re better off starting and then tweaking and making things better as we go.
It’s much easier than you might think.
The creative flow or state of being inspired is often held in high regard. It’s put on a pedestal as this magical thing.
People often like to ask creatives about their process in order to understand how they are able to do what they do.
But the thing is, finding your creative flow is just like finding anything else, you have to look for it. It might not be right in front of you and you might encounter a few flows that just aren’t quite right but that shouldn’t stop you from looking.
All of a sudden you’ll find it and your work will change. The good bits will get even better and you’ll have more of those moments where it comes to you with such ease that you’ll look back and wonder if you were in a trance.
And that is all there is to it. You can’t figure out what works without encountering the stuff that doesn’t work.
At some point in your life you’ll be faced with the decision of taking a break or keep pushing on.
When you’re running a marathon you know from the beginning that you have to pace yourself for the long haul.
But often we live our lives like it’s a sprint. We want the end goal too quickly without being committed for the long haul. Then you run out of steam before you’ve reached your goal and end up feeling like you can’t go on.
Good things take time so, slow down, be patient and focus on the journey more than the goal.
Good things take time.
When you start something new you’re likely to be unpolished to begin with, you’re still learning afterall.
But that initial stage is what puts many people off. They get caught up in the idea that they’re not good enough. They play the comparison game, often looking at people with much more practice and experience.
The reality is that it takes time to find your rhythm. After a couple of weeks you can’t expect to be perfectly polished. That’s not even reasonable.
It’s so helpful and a much more enjoyable process, when you put the focus on doing the work instead of the end result.
I’ve been writing a little different lately and trying to figure out the best kind of things to share during this time.
My aim is to be relevant but whilst still maintaining my usual style and core themes.
I’ve been thinking a lot about science, history, people and fear. From that I’ve had so many ideas for things to write about and once piece in particular (that is currently just a few words and phrases) has brought me joy.
There’s a thing I do when I write where I put little thoughts and ideas together then try and make some sense out of them. It’s so fun, it’s almost like a game, trying to see how I can fit things together.
Right now I’m having a lot of new thoughts and thinking about things in ways I never have before.
And so even though things are very unexpected and a little challenging, I guess right now I’m just enjoying my writing process.
Now, is the perfect time to find joy in doing the things you love.
In pursuit of the dream stopping to take a break or to smell the roses might seem like a waste of time.
Why stop when there’s at least fifty ‘leven things that you could be doing at any one time?
A great place to start is thinking about why you need a break in the first place. Perhaps you need to recharge, refocus or change direction.
Those are definitely worth stopping for.
Once you’re truly committed a break will never be enough to get you off track, in fact a break might be a necessary part of the process.
Why make something when you can just buy it?
Eggs, sugar, butter and flour are all you need to make a cake. Then maybe some vanilla essence, chocolate chips and a bit of frosting to make things a little more interesting.
It takes much more time to measure out and mix those ingredients than it does to pick a cake up from a bakery or supermarket.
But there’s something in taking the slower route.
There’s something in the process, the effort and the care of something made by hand.
It doesn’t compare to simply picking up something batch made in a factory with a bunch of ingredients that you’re likely to find in a daily mail article as being the cause of [insert disease here].
There’s something quite beautiful about being willing to take the slower route when making something because in doing that you’re saying I care enough to take the time.
And what’s even more special is when you share that thing you made with someone else.
I feel like knowing I have to contribute something everyday makes me a little more alert, curious and introspective but in the best possible way.
I’m not just ruminating and pondering over things for my own sake but to catch the spark of what is worth sharing.
I have specific times of my day where writing has been ingrained into my physiology where I am able to write hundreds of words with ease.
It doesn’t feel like effort, it could be compared to pouring water from a teapot into a cup, or perhaps water down a hill.
And so I’m learning to make the most of my peak writing times so when I go to actually schedule my posts all I have to do is edit for spelling, grammar and clarity and pick what to post when.
My aim is to batch schedule posts at the weekend which means I still have time to live my life without worrying what to post each day so that I’m open to seeing and allowing my curiosity to be piqued.