Have you ever had a brilliant idea for a project you’d like to start? Or maybe there’s a project that has been nagging at you for a while, but that you just haven’t had time to focus on?
I’m sure you’ve experienced this. You’re a multipotentialite!
I was walking home in the hot sun the other day, thinking about how we make the choice to prioritize certain projects in our lives. This flow chart popped into my head, and I had to sit down on someone’s lawn and draw it out. Here’s the refined version…
A few quick explanations…
Why “Give it a Go!”?
I chose to use the casual “give it a go!” as opposed to “yes, pursue it,” to lessen the anxiety around choosing. It’s a lot easier to pursue something when we view it as exploration and experimentation rather than a binding contract.
Most choices aren’t permanent and choosing one thing doesn’t necessarily preclude you from choosing other things. And anyway, once you begin diving into this project, you might love it for years to come, you might lose interest altogether, or it might lead you somewhere new entirely. You can’t know in advance. So, give it a go!
Projects that are “Waiting in the Wings”
When I first drew this flow chart, I concluded that if the timing wasn’t right, you should “add it to your backburner list.” I’ve since decided that I don’t like that term.
A backburner list makes it sound as though these projects aren’t going to see the light of day for a very long time. That’s just not true for many multipods. Many of us have casual projects just off to the side (waiting “in the wings”), that we dabble in from time to time. They aren’t major priorities or active projects (because our plate may be full), but they’re there and they are a part of our lives.
What about CHORES?
Someone on social media (jokingly?) asked where things like laundry fit in this flow chart. This flow chart is intended to help you make progress on the projects that excite you. It is these projects that are at risk of never seeing the light of day.
We need to fit your exciting dreams and projects into your life around the things that don’t inspire you and that you can’t avoid like laundry, chores, obligations, etc. Making sure your laundry gets done is not my concern. Helping you bring your multipotentialite projects to light is.
How do YOU make the decision to bring a new project into your life?
Emilie Wapnick is the Founder and Creative Director at Puttylike, where she helps multipotentialites integrate ALL of their interests into their lives. Unable to settle on one path herself, Emilie studied music, art, film production and law, graduating from the Law Faculty at McGill University. She is an occasional rock star, a paleo-friendly eater and a wannabe
scientist carpenter. Learn more about Emilie here.