Over a week into the “work on your passion project for 90 minutes a day for 90 days” challenge, and I’m hitting a wall. It’s not that I don’t have a passion project (I have several, really, but they all center around writing so I kind of lump them together). It’s not that I’m not desperately working (still) at trying to get a new job. It’s that, I think, my focus is divided between multiple projects all in a state of disarray.
Not sure what the answer is here: whether it’s calendar-ing the projects, breaking them down into pieces, outlining what’s still needed for each, a time-limit on working on each project, or a combination of all the above. Probably all of the above. The greatest challenge, really, is setting aside time to organize thoughts, ideas, plotting, deadlines, etc. outside of the time set aside to just work on projects. This is one of those times I want to cry, “I need an assistant!” I’m great at being someone else’s life/project organizer, but not so great with my own.
Cue deep sighs and staring listlessly at projects, then getting frustrated and pouting, instead of actually working on them.
This weekend my goal is to take the time to organize each project, prioritize, and schedule if need be. That way, hopefully, the 90-minute work time will feel more productive for each project and less like a jumble of trying to get ten things I desperately want/need to finish done without really making progress on anything.
TL;DR – Dedicating time to your passion projects shouldn’t be this stressful. It’s time to take some of the stress out and put more of the creative energy back in, and soon. Otherwise it’s all going to end up looking like this: