I’ve been giving a lot of thought lately to the creative process–specifically, my creative process. See, I’ve always thrived on the fact that everyone creates differently, and that a person (whether they deem themselves artsy or not), should accept the way they create and capitalize on it. Now, I still believe that to be true… but I am starting to question how I create, because I’m afraid that I’m putting too much focus on the planning and not enough energy on just creating.
I make lists for days. I always have. Sometimes it helps me organize my thoughts, but most of the time it pacifies a part of me that I can’t explain… It’s like false productivity. I am doing something but am not actually doing anything. But I feel like I’ve gotten something done, because look! All my to-do list items have been rewritten on a clean sheet of paper. Now what?
I don’t know. I seem to sit aimlessly a lot, more than I’d like to admit. I think about ideas I’d like to do, but I don’t even do a fraction of them. Some of them I really do want to do, but it takes me ages (it feels like) to just do them. So, I am sick of my creative process. I’m sick of making to-do lists of blog posts I’d like to write, projects I’d like to complete, pictures I’d like to take, videos I’d like to shoot.
I am sick of all of that. I am going to try something new. I am going to create the instant I feel inspired and not a moment after. If I wait to create, then maybe it should be shelved until I’m ready… And I’m not going to beat myself up any more for the things I am not doing. Instead, I am going to celebrate what I have in front of me–whatever I’m currently working on.
And I am also just going to think less. Be more impulsive. Not try to plan everything out. Isn’t that what living a sweet and savory life is all about? Isn’t that what my whole goal is here?
Yes. It is.
Example no. 1: this post. I didn’t plan it. I thought about it, and just let the words spill out. Boom. Just create it.
Nike really has a point you know. Hit the nail on the head with that campaign, they did.
What are you planning, but not doing?
What are you daydreaming about, but not making happen?
How many items are on your to-do list that you are dreading?
Take that to-do list. Rip it up.
Okay, maybe that’s a little extreme… you might need to remember to make that dentist appointment. Just put it to the side. It’ll be there when you’re back in the zone. But for now… I challenge you to start that project you’ve been thinking about. Call that person you’ve been needing to talk to. Act now.
Otherwise the moment will just pass you by…