With so many major life milestones in the works, I’ve found that the energy I have available to do anything on top of my client work load is pretty nonexistent, lately.
Working on side projects has always been a feature of my professional life. This probably has something to do with the fact that I have so many ideas that I want to explore.
One of the ways that I try to get around my lack of energy and creativity for side projects (or anything that isn’t directly related to client work) is by breaking up all of my projects into small steps. Then, I give myself the goal of making progress on one of these small steps every day.
For example, this week, I’ve been working on adding some new pages to The Blogsmith website.
One majorly useful thing I do before attempting to check off any of these mini projects involved coming to the creation process with some notes.
For all of these pages, I had previously drafted copy and laid out a basic page structure. Though I made plenty of changes when implementing these ideas on new website pages, it greatly reduced how much time I spent on creation, day-of.
By attempting one small project every night (or even a few days each week when I’d otherwise be sitting in front of the TV doing nothing), it doesn’t take long to see progress on the things I care about.
Futhermore, by focusing on accomplishing just one specific deliverable during these after hours work sessions, I feel accomplished without getting overwhelmed by all of the other things that are still waiting for action on my to do list.
I can tackle them another day!
This process may be slow, but it’s deliberate — and it feels so good to check off these to dos. They may not be mission critical as far as client work is concerned, but that doesn’t mean they’re not important for building a business that gets you excited to wake up in the morning.
And all of this effort adds up.
How do you push forward to create when your body or mind is working against you? I’d love to hear about your own productivity hacks.
Maddy Osman, The Blogsmith