When there is a hill to climb, waiting doesn't make it smaller.
A great role model of mine said those words and it hit me like a ton of bricks. There are so many things I want to do in life and as a creative. The biggest obstacle seems to be getting started and knowing where to actually start. I am a creative explorer, my imagination is constantly running wild. I tend to make obnoxious amounts of list, hoping that I am organizing my thoughts and able to get things done. Although, I have come to realize list making does not set you up to take action. It acts more as a tool, some what organizing your thoughts on paper. When making a plan you are setting goals, deadlines, and adding detail. Here are three tips I have on starting to organize your crazy list making imagination if you want to tackle some of your creative dreams and make them your reality.
1. Get A Planner
Most people are so focused on the digital side of everything that they are glued to the calendar apps and notes on their iPhone or Android, or maybe use no calendar at all. The visual of your planner laid down in front of you is like your thoughts on paper. You need to be able to use it constantly, not worry if it is going to run out of battery charge. If your mind runs a million miles a minute like me this will be your life line, keeping everything straight and organized.
Do you ever feel so overwhelmed that you decide to snuggle up on the couch and start a new Netflix series instead of getting anything done? Yeah. Me too. That is when I decide I need to simplify what I'm focusing on and prioritize. I make a list, go figure, on everything I want to accomplish. I then started to break down which will bring me fulfillment or income. I choose to focus on the top three ideas first, until they are complete or off the ground running.
3. Make A Schedule
Once you have figured out which ideas you are going to focus on, I would not choose more than three, it is time to make a schedule for you to gain consistency. If you can start to celebrate your disciplines your results will follow. Make a detailed Monday - Sunday schedule on what you will focus on each day. I personally like to have three daily goals mapped out for an entire month. By then end of the month I can then evaluate if my plan is working.