Do you ever start a project all gung-ho, full of energy only to find that a fews days or weeks or months later you're zapped of all enthusiasm and your 'former exciting project' so is now collecting dust in the corner of your wardrobe?
Here, here my friend. Here, here.
As young creative people and especially now in our culture of instant gratification and access to distractions 24-7, there are so many opportunities to do all the things. So many projects you want to start, things you want to experience. It can be overwhelming.
Personally I want to start a market stall for miss yasemin (my dream) though when I walk around our apartment I see all the things I *haven't* done and ping! It has a little effect on my self confidence to get stuff done.
How to complete any creative project
To finish any project you must first decide - to complete or not to complete (that is the question).
Yes, here me out. This might sound rebellious - a little wild, even: you don't have to finish a project to have it complete. What? You say. Here's an example from my life.
My personal coach Andrea taught me this in 2015. What was stopping me from creating miss yasemin and making art back then was the thought that my friends would think "oh here Yas goes again, with another project that she's excited about but won't complete". I didn't have a platform of self-confidence to spring off to really get started with my artwork.
So what did I do? I wrote down a list of all the things I hadn't completed. On my list was to finish the homework that came out of a video-making course I did in the US in 2014 (to create 2 videos from the content we captured). I didn't want to do it, but I felt that I should.
When my coach told me I didn't have to finish it to have it complete and asked 'what would you do to have this complete?' my first thoughts were to send a message to my former classmates and teachers. I let them know I wasn't going to complete the videos and let them know the impact of not completing them had on me (feeling bad), the impact on them and let them know to reach out if there was anything there that was unresolved for them.
I. felt. so. liberated. Everyone was so understanding about me not creating the videos and BOOM! Two video projects I didn't want to do, off my to-do list.
So for you, if there's something you don't want to finish anymore - there might be a conversation to have, a mess you might have to clean up. And remember, anything can get resolved in communication.
Though, if do you want to complete the project then you just gotta sit down and do it!
It might feel weird, it might feel uncomfortable and could take some real guts to sit down, phone away, all distractions gone with just you and the project. It could really take something! I promise you once you sit down and complete it, you'll be saying to yourself 'that took no time at all! I could have completed this ages ago!'
These next few weeks before my Europe trip I'm going to complete all of my unfinished projects - sewing all my pom poms on my scarf that's been sitting on my bedside table, deciding what I'll do with my Europe 2011-2012 photos plus the self portrait I mentioned here on the blog a couple weeks back.
What are some projects you've started but haven't finished? How would it feel to have them complete? Let me know in the comments below, you got this.
Yours in getting shit done,