In my experience of being creative and making otuff, it’s been easy to get precious about an idea. Setting the time aside to do that thing can become a big deal. When things are a big deal, getting around to doing them can require a special mood, occasion or… alignment of the stars.
I’ve found that, by having several projects on at once, THE THING is less intimidating and it is possible to trick the brain into being more productive.
I’ve been working on several different songs at the moment, and it’s been so good to be able to switch between them.
I’ve made a short listicle like I’m on “the BuzzFeed”.
(1) Rebellion / Productive procrastination
When you have a to-do list and then work on something that is not on that list, it feels like procrastination.
It can give you a kick and have the same pay-off as a massive Youtube binge: rebellion. That naughty inner voice says: “just one more thing… then I’ll definitely definitely get on with what I’m supposed to be doing”.
Suddenly, before you realise it, something else has been made. Magic.
(2) The more advanced work inspires the newly conceived work
Having different projects at different stages means that some parts will be more polished than others. The more polished work provide inspiration in moments of despair. That “there is a way through”/“I am a capable human being” feeling can be very helpful.
(3) Easy wins to get started
I like to make some quick progress when initially sitting down to work. This can help to build momentum and keep you there for longer. Revisiting something that just needs fresh ears or a bit of tweaking is great to feel like progress is being made quickly. A shortcut to getting in the Zone!
(4) Let the mood take you
Sometimes you’re just not in the mood to work on a sombre song when you’re very hyper… or whatever. Having options of different projects, doodles etc, let’s you work on what you’re in the mood to work on.
(5) Fresh eyes/ears/tastebuds etc
Shutting down one project to work on another can mean that when revisiting the first project, you see or hear it in a whole new light with a new sense of subjectivity. Ideal.
Note to self: Now go, make stuff!
The images are from my collage phase.
Thanks for reading.