After coming back from ProBlogger I needed a time out. A big one. I was feeling so emotionally and physically and mentally completely overwhelmed that I couldn't even talk to anyone. Exhausted. I've been introspected and introverted and needed to process everything while I hibernated on my couch and hid from the world. I had a million ideas floating around in my head but I knew that before I could act on them, I needed some downtime. Time spent with my Little Lion, pottering around the house, reading books and watching trashy TV.
Now my down time is finished and I am ALL FIRED UP.
I've started working on something behind the scenes that I think you guys will love. It won't be launched until next year as it's going to take me quite a bit to create and of course, I want it to be perfect, but I'll have a couple of little special things popping up in the meantime.
There's nothing like being surrounded by amazing, intelligent and creative people to set fire to that spark. I'm excited having a project I can shape and mould and share with you all soon. Eek! How am I going to do this? And, how can you create and finish an awesome project too?
❤ Find something that you're passionate about, and that you will want to work on. There's no point slaving away over something like a project on the best way to crunch numbers in accounting if the thought of equations and percentages makes your skin itch. (I don't even know if percentages exist in accounting. Can you tell I'm a right brain girl?)
❤ Darren Rowse says to set aside at least 15 minutes every day to work on your project. Even if it's just the bare minmum you're still moving forward, right?
❤ Dedicate yourself fully to those 15 minutes. Wait until your toddler goes to bed, turn the TV off and refrain from clicking on Twitter. Go as hard as you can for that amount of time.
❤ If a part of the project is bogging you down, work on something else and tackle it the next day. Wait until you're fresh again.
❤ Snacks are important in case you feel like working longer. Grab a bottle of water, some grapes, almonds, or crackers (or M&Ms) at the start so you don't have to interrupt your flow of work.
❤ I don't know about you, but I always work better with music. Some of my fave musicians to work to are Angus and Julia Stone, Lisa Mitchell and The Temper Trap.
❤ Make sure you keep your deadline in mind, and allocate the amount of time needed each night in order to finish by it.
I've had project that I've been excited about before and never followed through with them, and this time I'm being disciplined. I'm taking the advice of the brilliant Darren Rowse and I will be setting aside 15 minutes of ever day to work on my project. Even if I don't feel like it and want to play on Twitter instead, I'll resist Goddamn it, and produce something I'll be insanely proud of.