I know it happens to the best of us- project OVERLOAD. It can take a few different forms, and of course there is more than one way to handle it. Today I want to share where I’m at, and what I’m doing to combat it!
The first thing is this: I will ALWAYS AND FOREVER have more that I want from a day than is physically possible. I will never be bored or wish I had something to do.
That said – it is entirely possible, plausible, and likely I will have times that I can’t pick! Too many options! So I scroll through some blogs or read a magazine… not helpful! The first thing I admit to myself when I find myself in a “so much to do I’m doing nothing” type situation is to assess if there’s anything I can do that will “get it off my plate”. For example:
- write & mail holiday cards
- wrap up open blog post drafts/schedule content that is already on computer
- organize photos that I’ve already printed
- put loose scrapbook pages into albums
Nothing too wild – just “clear the deck” things. I’ve also moved all remaining studio mess to ONE big scary pile. I can chip away at it from there instead of seeing small piles all over two rooms. Much better!
My current project list includes:
- Disneyland 2015
- Disney World 2016
- 2016 scrapbook
- 2017 scrapbook
- NYC 2017
- Museum of Ice Cream mini book (and class!)
- Journaling (free class!)
- Planning Guides for Europe 2018
From here I could keep going but it gets into wish lists, and if only I had more time things. My point is if I sit down and list it all out? *GULP* there is a LOT of open projects in this studio of mine and I will be honest I do NOT like it. Most of the things above I could simply carve time out for them and sit down and “do” a little more. With these all listed and my mind on how to approach things what is next?
Next for me will be to pick just ONE of them, put it on my desk, and focus on it exclusively. I don’t have illusions that I’ll ever be caught up or a rival to Mary Poppins (practically perfect in every way) – but I do know for my creativity and mental state that I run better without quite so many open “tabs” or projects. So I think NYC will be the first since all it needs are words + any embellishments. I can do this in small bits of time, and it’ll be fun to revisit and I think within a week it could be 100% done.
I’m also going to treat myself – I can make a new supply purchase every time one of these projects is done. No trips to the scrapbook store or online shopping until one is all set and done.
The other thing I will do is eat really well and get all the sleep I want. Water. Veggies. Protein. Fun stuff in strict moderation. While I convince myself at times creativity requires sugar… the thing is I will both bloat up and later crash! I also know taking care of me today is best for the long run. I’ve been making what we call “big cool” salads as well as eliminating a lot of junk or bad habits that were sneaking up.
I will share some ideas & good habits I’ve been building soon (yes, during the holiday season. YES IT CAN BE DONE!) – for now though I’d love to hear how you motivate yourself to complete projects, or what you do when you face “project overwhelm”. Please do share!