You’re a creative person. By definition, that means you’ve got a big imagination. You know where you want your ideas to take you.
Whether you’re someone who has just a couple huge ideas that obsess you for years, or whether you’re constantly coming up with new, potentially awesome stuff, you know better than anyone that the only way you will actually cause those ideas to take on flesh and bone, to become real in the world, is to focus like a laser and do the daily, weekly work to build them.
But the longer you let those ideas hang around and grow in importance without making headway, the further from reality that vision of your future feels.
You know where you want to be: on the other side of this wall, making the work, completed projects under your belt, building your audience and reputation.
What I discovered through a lot of painful mistakes, frustration, and trial & error, is that what you really need to finish your projects isn’t some new trick to cram more stuff onto your to-do list, it’s a strategy that takes into account who you are and how you work.
Your life is complicated. It’s full of both life-enhancing and energy-draining relationships and commitments. There’s a lot that’s worth celebrating. But it’s full. And you know you need to make changes so that you can weave your creative work into the rest of your life.
But how can you carve out the time and muster the focus?
When you get clear on your real goals, make conscious decisions about where to devote your energy, and build a structure for regular creative practice around the realities of your actual life, you will go from feeling like you’re floundering in the deep end to swimming with the big fish.