How do you prioritize the next creative project to work on?
I’m currently working through this process myself, as I’m almost done building a website for a client.
Finishing a project is exciting! But for a multipotentialite like myself, it is often more exciting to scan the horizon for my next challenge.
I want my creative projects to align with my values and goals for the future. I also want to feel excited to work on something meaningful or challenging, or both!
Last year I wrote down all of my creative project ideas in a Notion page. There’s at least 20 of them. As I scan the list, I re-order them depending on which ones spark joy.
That’s right, I let my feelings guide me through the process of prioritizing my next creative project. You might be thinking, feelings are too squishy to use as a guideline for prioritization!
But I think our gut feeling, our intuition, should be a guide more often. Following my intuition is how I stay in-touch with my feminine side and resist the urge to become achievement-obsessed.
After I read through my list of projects, I don’t make a decision for several days or even weeks. I let everything marinate. I reflect on my previous projects. I try to be thoughtful and remind myself that there is no reason to rush.
I read about game and interaction designer Ryan Mather’s process for getting organized and deciding what to spend your time on, and was excited to see that I use some of the same techniques.
How do you decide what to work on next? Do you let your feelings guide you, at least a little bit? Do you allow yourself the time and space to get centered before making a decision?
I encourage you to observe your own decision-making process the next time you’re selecting a creative project to work on. Your process is uniquely yours, and above all, it should feel good.
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Are we the same people all our lives? Do we change? What changes? What stays the same?
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How to prioritize your project ideas by Ryan Mather
Ryan has created a fun and interesting way to build a balanced and nourishing creative practice that aligns with his personal values. Here are the steps in his process:
Step 1: Write down all of your project ideas
Step 2: Document your personal values
Step 3: Map your values across your project ideas
Step 4: Set up a menu of days
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