One of the joys (and problems) with being a creative person is the limitless number of possible projects out there. Every idea could generate another fun thing to do.
My personal problem is that I often act on my ideas before I’ve finished previous ones. It isn’t that I don’t ever finish a project, it’s more about the shiney object catching my eye.
So, I find myself with a wealth of projects on the go with a distinct shortage of time to work on them all. What to do?
I’ve decided to sit down and prioritize everything. What has a solid deadline and when, which ones are waiting on other people, which have people waiting on me and so on. Since I know I need deadlines to complete things, I have set a deadline of June 30th to have the prioritization in place.
Then I will work through the projects, one by one, based on the priorities I’ve set. I’ve also set a brief moratorium on reading. I’m using my iPad to write until I’ve cleared some of the backlog rather than reading new stuff. That will help too.
Oh yeah, and I’m not developing any new ideas until I get the one’s I’m already working on under control.
It’s not a bad problem to have. It just feels like I’m spinning my wheels because I’m not seeing the movement I expect.
I think the plan will work. It certainly won’t hurt and I might just get a few of these stories done and available.
How do you handle too many ideas and not enough time?