I shared Jessica Abel's post about idea debt in my newsletter a few weeks ago. "Idea Debt is when you spend too much time picturing what a project is going to be like, too much time thinking about how awesome it will be to have this thing done and in the world, too much time imagining how cool you will look, how in demand you’ll be, how much money you’ll make. And way too little time actually making the thing."
That's me! Especially me this year. And the worst part about it is that if you do that, pretty soon the excitement for the project fades and you never even started. I hate that!
Today I asked myself why I haven't started on these ideas I've had and came up with this list of reasons/excuses.
- not having the necessary supplies
- not enough time
- my available space, the size of project, and/or the mess it will make
- fear (of screwing it up or it not meeting the expectation in my head)
Maybe it seems silly to sit down and list my excuses but I find it really helpful. I can't fix a problem until I identify what the problem is. Now that I know my excuses I can eliminate them. I can order supplies. I can break projects down into manageable chunks. I can prioritize. I can clear space. I can accommodate the mess. I can address the Fear monster and then continue on anyway.
I've been meaning to make cyanotypes (sun prints) for months! I even had the supplies. So what was keeping me? Fear. I didn't know how. Today wasn't really sunny but I needed to move forward. I decided to do just a few, these would be practice ones. Today I'd learn the process. I'd figure it out. I read the directions on the paper! (novel idea, I know!) Next time I can go into it with more confidence and that'll allow for more creativity.
I have so many more projects planned out in my mind. My biggest hurdle for a few of them is just shopping for the supplies. This weekend I plan to tackle that. I'm slowly climbing out of idea debt. Are you in idea debt? What's keeping you there?