Let me just start here by picking a lane for the focus of this blog post. This blog post will focus on the creative industry, but, and I emphasize “but,” anyone can take the ideas here and apply them to their own lives. Okay, now that that boring disclaimer is out of the way and you are thoroughly interested in what I have to say, let’s dig in.
As creatives we often spend ninety percent of our time dreaming up new ideas and things we can do with our talents and about ten percent of our time actually executing. That’s not to say we barely get anything done, most of the time, but it means our brains are always working and thinking and creating. This poses a problem a lot of the time, especially when we have a lot of open projects on our plates. This is the time it is important to take some time to pick a lane and focus.
It can be hard to wrangle that ever thinking brain into one project, but when we do the rewards outweigh the struggle. This often looks like staring at a blank page or an empty timeline or a completely unedited photo or unpainted canvas, but if you give your brain time to play catch up and ground yourself in that specific moment of creativity then you will soon find yourself rocking and rolling. Take this blog post for instance. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to say today, but knew I wanted and needed to say something. So I dropped everything else and I focused on putting words to screen. After a few moments the letters started to form and the blog post started to take shape. This is what picking a lane looks like. It might not be as exciting looking as you might have been thinking, but for me it is a great joy.
For me, applying these words to the screen looks like an accomplishment and that accomplishment then fuels me onto the next one. After I complete this lane, I am able to switch lanes and focus on the next one. Before I know it, many of those thoughts and ideas I have start to become less theoretical and become real, tangible things that I can see and share. Take a look at that jumble of thoughts in your head and try to find a lane with little traffic for now. See an accomplish-able task and tackle it with your full focus. Once you’ve done this, use that energy to tackle the rest. Let me know in the comments how this works out for you. I would love to hear about what lanes you’ve picked and how focusing on them has helped scratch off items on that creative to-do list.