This is part of my Creative Blocks series
Read the first: Get it done methodology
Second: Creative planning
Third: dealing with the action pile
OK, so now we are free to deal with your creative focus, all the day to day crap that is cluttering up your mind and screaming at you everytime you sat down to do it has been dealt with, it is safe and secure in your system.
What is it that you want to do? What do you want to achieve? How can you make that practical?
Let’s say that you want to make an income through your music, primarily through music scores which are then used in films.
Wow, massive. You certainly can’t write that down and tick it off your to-do list in one go can you?
Break it down. What do you need for that to happen? What can you do on a regular basis to contribute towards that goal? I would suggest:
time playing your instrument/s is a good place to start, even if it is just jamming on your own.
listening to music
reading trade magazines
writing your own ‘brief’ and creating to that, so you build a portfolio of this type of music
Right, now can you quantify that?
x time playing instruments a day
buying x number of new albums a month
listening to music for x time
spend an hour a week reading trade magazines (online and real)
x time a day composing.
It’s really easy to get sucked into the consumption aspect, rather than creation – listening and reading. Whereas, of course, what is going to make a real difference is getting on and doing the work. That of course, is the hard bit.
If you give yourself a quantitive target you are able to put it on your daily to-do and tick it off. Depending on your goal is may be quantity rather than time. I am currently doing two different creative projects first thing in the morning for just twenty minutes every day. My morning times are the best for me to work. That’s when my brain is firing on all cylinders. I may do more, but that is the minimum that I do each day.
What is important of course is we are absoultely talking about quantity over quality. Turning up every single day and doing the work.
Daily practice at anything is better than a splurge of time when you have the perfect set of circumstances, because of course there isn’t a perfect set of circumstances. You are more likely to create something aweseom when you have a regular practice that you show up to day after day.
How are you going to monitor and motivate yourself? When is it tricky for you not to turn up and do this stuff? Figure out your blocks and ways to get around them too.
Want some help? Well, read Getting things done (affiliate). Or, you can get some one to one time with me via Skype. We will figure out what your blocks are, how to build a plan and generally get going with getting your creative project or business underway, or working to your best ways. Find out more.