Don’t over plan-just start. Sometimes we can over plan and get lost in our plans, instead just get started, challenge yourself “sooner rather than later”.
Smaller is better. When we first come up with an idea they can loom large. Sometimes thinking big can inhibit the creative process because one can become overwhelmed. Instead think small, have small goals.
Don’t let failure define you. Learn from your failures and keep going. Not every idea is going to be amazing, but learn from them and grow.
Before you begin a project have a plan. As you’re working on your project revisit that plan a lot to ensure you’re sticking to it. This will help keep you focused.
Have a routine-and stick to it. Our lives can get crazy it’s important to make time for our creative projects. If a habit is developed (writing 500 words a day no mater what etc.) it’s easier to not only accomplish the goals you make, but this can inspire or grow your creative output.
Work on your project every day (even if it’s just a little bit). If you’re working on a project that necessitates some major creative output momentum can go a long way, and keeping up your momentum is crucial to completing your project.
You can’t say “yes” to everything. If you’re going to be creative you need time to be. Accepting additional projects or helping out with a friend’s yard sale is great, but if it cuts into your creative time or into things like research then learning to say ‘no’ is an important lesson.
If something you’re doing isn’t working –try something new. If you suddenly become blocked, it can help to step away or change up your routine. If you always write or paint in you office or studio, try going to a coffee shop, park, and get creative. Visit a museum, or bookstore for inspiration.