The trouble with having so many interests is that you can end up in choice paralysis, so unsure about which idea to start on next that you end up starting nothing. It can become all too easy to over-think the process.
“What if I make the wrong choice? I don’t want to waste all my time and energy doing the wrong thing.”
You may have experienced this if you’ve ever tried tossing a coin to make a decision only to find yourself disappointed with the result of the toss. Deep down, you knew which choice you wanted to make; you just hadn’t realized that you already knew.
At the end of the day, it’s really not that important which idea you choose. Honestly, it’s not. It’s more important to get started because it’s only by starting that you’ll ever find out whether or not you want to pursue this idea or interest any further.
If after starting on a new project, you find it isn’t for you, by all means swap to something else. There’s no need to stick with something if you find it’s not giving you the experience you’d hoped it would give you.
How to Choose an Idea and Get Started
If you’re anything like me and find yourself get stuck making decisions, it can be helpful to have a process to help you make a choice.
1) Choose three ideas
Every multipotentialite I’ve ever met has a list at least as long as their arm of projects they’ve been meaning to start but have never gotten around to. Everyone feels overwhelmed when faced with such a long list, so this first step helps to remove that overwhelm.
Now’s the time to grab that list and make a note of the three projects that look the most interesting to you today. Note that I say the three that look the most interesting today. Don’t over-think your choices. Just pick those which are piquing your interest at the moment.
2) Which project could you start today?
You’re looking for a quick starter. A project which won’t take too much planning. We’re trying to circumvent any opportunity to procrastinate by making it so easy to start that you can take action straightaway.
If you feel that none of your three choices fit this description, have another quick scan through your list and grab the first one you see which does. Remember, it doesn’t really matter which idea you choose; you just need a project to make a start on. If it does turn out to not be quite what you want, you can always switch.
3) Make a start now!
Do something to make a start on your chosen project today. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have all the materials or equipment needed, as there’s always something you can do to get started:
- Make some notes
- Sketch out some ideas
- Draw some diagrams
- Research techniques online
- Make a list of the resources you need
Finally put a slot in your schedule for your next session to work on this project. Then sit back and congratulate yourself on your progress.
Over to you!
Do you get stuck when deciding which project to work on next? What tips do you have for making the decision?
Bev is an artist, creativity coach and founder of Kickass Creatives, a website offering practical support to frustrated creatives. She’s over 20 years of working in the arts: experimenting with everything from performing in a fire circus and managing a hiphop dance company, through to web consultancy and jewellery design. Bev is passionate about using her experience to enable others to fully develop (rather than hide) their multitude of talents too. Connect with her on Twitter @creativekickass.