Just do what though?

By jeffmackinnon

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The times that I can't think of ways to be creative I end up spending time on workflow or maybe redesigning something that is working realitvely fine, or maybe it is researching tech that I would need if the ideas that I want to develop caught hold.

A walk in the woods

If this was a Casey Neistat or even Seth Godin, I would just get down to it and get working.

I'm not them

I think they have the ability to say this is because they know what to do next. What is the creative endeavour they want to be doing now and where do they want their craft and/or lives in the future.

When it comes to my job, I can sit down and do the work without inspiration. I can sit down at my desk and get it done. When I am thinking about personal projects, projects that I could just as easily decide not to do, that needs some more work to get done.

A good example of this is that I have been thinking about developing a podcast for a number of years now. This is a hobby idea, something that I don't expect to have an "ROI", and this is something that makes me pause. I don't know if I want to be doing in and I'm afraid of wasting time while I figure it out. I could be productive.

This internal battle causes me to freeze. I just do nothing but plan.

Chop wood carry water

Something else I hear a lot of people talk about when you are missing inspiration, or maybe you aren't sure what to do next is to get back to doing what got you where you are in the first place. Chop wood, carry water.

This doesn't work for me today, I'm not interested in doing what I'm good at, right now. This is something that I have been practicing since April 2020 when I had to redouble my efforts to get new clients.

What I do instead

What I decide to do instead is focus on learning things that I can use in my normal job AND my hobby at the same time. Sometimes its not directly for either, but it gives me the sense on moving.

In a sense that is what this new site design is about. I have been working to learn more about developing in python for a while and Pelican is written in python, its a perfect fit.

So it doesn't have a lot to do with my current project work, it doesn't have a lot to do with building a podcast, but understanding the ins and outs of using python and all that it entails will give me skills that will allow me to be more comfortable bringing my ideas to reality.

My inspiration for wanting to create will come back, it is all about cycles, and when that inspiration strikes I will have added skills to make these ideas become reality.

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