I’ve been thinking I need a creative project to help motivate me during self quarantine, especially since things don’t seem to be opening up any time soon. If this is going to continue – for 2 weeks, a month, more? – it would be nice to have something to do, practice a skill, and work towards a goal or final product.
It’s a challenge to pick a project. I definitely have ideas, but it’s like standing at a fork in the road and not knowing which direction to take. Here’s how to pick a creative project:
Step 1. Write down all the ideas that have been floating around your head.
Step 2. Evaluate the ideas. Which items are things you really want to work on? Which project would yield results you’d be especially excited about? Which project could you see yourself being excited about every day?
Here’s my list so far:
- Drawing Lesson – Continue developing my online drawing lesson.
- iPad drawing – practice
- Color Wheel Book – Continue working on – illustrate
- Clay – Learn polymer clay and create sea creatures (as an example for in person art camp project).
- Watercolor – work on a specific subject or in specific colors
- Video – Create another video promo.
- Sew masks
- Other idea
My list is often filled with things I think I should do or would like the final results of, but not things I feel like working on EVERY DAY.
Having trouble picking one idea? Sometimes we don’t know until we try. Spend a day sampling the project ideas you are most interested in. Spend 15-20 minutes on each project. Which one sparks the most interest and excitement?
Step 3. Pick a project. Make a decision and stick with it.
Step 4. Plan your creative time. Pick the time (and place) that you will work on this project. It’s easier to remember and make it happen if it’s every day at the same time. Things don’t happen if you don’t plan for them to happen.
Step 5. Follow through! Every project has peaks and valleys. Push through the hard days, do the work and the results will follow. Even 15 minutes a day adds up and is progress!
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