As Creatives, we are usually not short on ideas. We all have LOADS of ideas — the tricky part is figuring out when to say no, and not letting idea overload keep us from getting started on anything.
(I know that I’m always pushing the just start thing. It’s what I do.)
So, how do you balance all of your NEW AMAZING BRILLIANT ideas and inspirations with the need to actually get stuff done?
Here are a few tips to keep you from idea overwhelm and help you recognize where you need to spend your time:
1. What can you do right now?
Often we love the thought of something shiny and new, but have no idea how to make it happen. By focusing on things that you can do right now, today, you’ll be able to make movement on something. And any kind of movement is a good thing.
2. Where’s the low-hanging fruit?
Psychologically, it’s an amazing feeling to cross things off your list. What’s something quick and easy you can take care of right now?
3. Know that you may never get it all done and make peace with that.
It’s okay. By accepting that you’re only one person who can’t do it all (wait? what?!), you’ll be able to avoid idea overwhelm and get back into the real world.
4. But don’t give up on your ideas!
If you’re a dreamer who’s always coming up with crazy schemes or plans, write them down! Putting pen to paper and getting the ideas out of your head will make it so much easier to come back to them when you’re lacking inspiration.
Your turn: How do YOU deal with inspiration overload?
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