I've been bitten by the idea bug on more than one occasion
(okay, a lot more). It gets me into a lot of trouble when it comes to
completing projects because there's always another idea waiting just
over the horizon begging me to bring it to life. Anyone who's looked
into time management skills will know doing too much at once is far less
productive than focusing on one task at a time, but let's be real
here. If you've got an good idea, throwing it on the back burner is
like throwing a piece of your soul into a box with a label "Do not open
'til Christmas." It's there. You know it is, and it's kill... ing...
|Soon, my precious. Soon.|
So what to do? Well, if you're me, you do what you shouldn't do and
work on it anyway! Ha! No, but seriously, too much at a time only
makes your work suffer and your patience burn out because twenty started
projects without one finished is really discouraging. For me, I've
always found the best thing is a list of all the important, must do
stuff. I say this and also point out that I'm a bad list keeper. I
write a list. Loose it. Write another list. Loose that. Find the
first list. Revise it. Loose it. In less than a week my desks are
covered in sticky notes, but despite all of that, it somehow keeps me on
top of things and when I can strike a line through an item on the
list(s), it gives me a little pat on the back to keep going.
Once enough things are crossed off and I know I'm caught up on
deadlines for the week, I'm allowed to work on one of my "back burner
projects." Eventually, those back burner projects will get moved to
"the list" (unless they prove themselves not that great), but until
then, I can indulge without feeling guilty.
And if you're really
overrun with ideas, keep a list of those ideas, or notebooks,
sketchbooks, computer documents, whatever. Sometimes I'll comb through
my "whatevers"and revisit an idea I had years ago just to see if it
still has potential. If it does, it just might get moved up the line.
If not, I know it'll always be there waiting for me to get back to it.