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6 Steps to reduce the creative overwhelm

Every morning you wake up with a gazillion ideas in your head, and throughout the day you get a bazillion more!

The problem?

Knowing which one to start with because all of them are so incredibly exciting and you just don’t know where to begin!

I get it.

There was a time I would start a project, just to get a new idea and not finish the first project and before I knew it, I had a lot of projects started but couldn’t get myself to finish them.

Idea Creation Paralysis!

Yep, it’s a thing.

It’s the overwhelming feeling of too many ideas, feeling too flustered and overwhelmed to get started because let’s be honest you already tried so many things before to actually finish said projects. And every now and again you were successful but it just wasn’t enough to keep going.

So here you are, having all of those ideas you want to implement, put into action and actually have a finished or ongoing result.

Let’s not forget that you have a million other obligations that have to be done, like feeding your children. maintaining a balance for everyone getting attention and going to work.  And let’s not forget the spur of the moment activities you are doing because they feel like the right thing to do.

How in the heck will you find the time to create when you can’t even find a moment to breathe and have some alone time.

And it truly feels like there is NEVER enough time.

I am going to share with you 6 Steps to help you take consistent action, having the time to create.

Brainstorming

This is one of the most go to activities that can help you not only clear the clutter in your brain but help you visualize all those ideas that could turn into not only started projects but also finish them.

The key, once you have done the brainstorming, is to decide which one excites you the most!

Once the brainstorm is complete, do another one. This time includes the things that need to be done daily and weekly. And then another that helps you break down all of those ideas into smaller steps!

Create a Schedule

One of the biggest struggles I have found for creatives is considering the notion a schedule will help them when they are wanting to be wild and free and just roll with the punches. But how is that working out?

Take a weekly schedule and create a rough draft. Start filling it in with the daily activities that have to get done such as meal times, school hours if you homeschooling, work hours, doctor appointments, errands and all that jazz. But don’t just write work hours but the action you are taking, this will help you know what you are doing!

Once that is finished, add the things you want to do such as self-care times and creative times. Again, be specific in the action by looking at your action steps from the brainstorm.

Batch your work sessions

Sometimes there are activities for the week that you could get done in a 2-3 hour work session. For example, writing your blog posts can be done in one day for the week or even the month if you have a dedicated time for this activity. Look at your draft and see what other activities could be batched together.

This will allow you to see where you have more time than you initially thought, therefore giving you more creative time.

Morning Routine

What time does everyone wake up in your home? Decide to wake up 30-60 minutes before everyone so you can have some alone time, plan your day ahead (look at your schedule) and even some creative time.

There is something to be said to look at your schedule every evening. What project are you working on? Are you writing a book? Take that extra 30 or 60 minutes in the morning to work on that.

Now you know what to work on!

Refine the Schedule

Now that you have a rough draft, take a good look. How does it feel? Did you include a break after your working session?

Another tip to help you is to use a weekly schedule and track your activities to help you plan for the following week. This way you know what you are spending time on. Maybe you could cut out some TV time or social time to actually sit down and write that book or create that piece of art.

The refined schedule is what you are committing to for the week. In order to actually finish something or learn a new habit is with consistency.

Review what worked and what didn’t

In order to create a schedule as a creative, you will want to tune into what worked and what didn’t. This is where you can acknowledge the steps you are taking, the part you are still struggling with so you can make the changes that will work for you.

One of the biggest challenges, that I have found is that a schedule can feel too rigid. But something to remember, every week will not look the same. You can make tweaks as you go along.

What you are after is not only starting taking action on your ideas but also finish them and a weekly schedule can help remind you but also support you with consistent action.

Extra Bonus Tip:

Keep a notebook with your goals so you can track your activity. Write the goal on top and the action steps below and every time you do one and finish one, cross it off or give it a check mark.

I have created printable to help you implement these 6 Steps!

A blissful life

Your heart is begging you to do something about it

That idea…. that dream in your heart and in your head is begging you to do something about it.

You wake up thinking about it… you go to sleep thinking about it and I am here to tell you that if you don’t do something about that, it will never go away.

And you know deep down that unless you get over your fear, it is never going to happen.

But you have to decide wether you are going to listen to that fear or if you are stepping up and out and take action anyway.

It’s time to stop the bullshit stories you tell yourself of how you can’t and really dig deep into what is actually stopping you.

And if I was a betting person, I venture to say you are being held back because

  • you don’t feel good enough
  • you dont’ feel smart enough
  • you worry about what other people will think
  • you worry about failure before you have even started

It’s all hogwash! These are all stories you have learned along the way, and really they are no longer serving you, because

You are enough!
You are smart!

And really who cares what people think? 9 times out of 10 those people are afraid to take action, so how about you pave the way?

And failure.. failure is a good thing.. it’s allowing you to see what is or isn’t working and then revamp how you are going about it.

Those ideas that have been swirling in your head, they are yours for the taking. They come to you because you have something amazing to offer to this world.

Incredible gifts to share and how dare you deny others from what you are so carefully hiding.

The pain of not taking action, of not doing that thing, ask yourself: Is it worth it?

Because I know you are aching to bring it to life.

It is

  • Time to stop hiding.
  • Time to stop worrying about being enough.
  • Time to stop worrying about whether people will like you or not!

It is time to start doing!

What to do with all of those ideas

Now that you have a vision of your future of what you want to be, do and have, it’s time to refine some of your ideas. My favorite exercise to release all of those ideas is to brainstorm. Looking at the vision you have created, what will help you get there.

Take 15-20 minutes to brainstorm some ideas. It doesn’t matter how small or big they are. Right now it’s just about finding all of the possibilities, personally and professionally.

Once you have all ideas jotted down, look at your list and see what gets you so excited that you are just about laughing or crying at the same time. Your heart is singing, your mind is going a million miles an hour. Also take note of what feels really crazy and insane and so far out of reach but wouldn’t it be amazing if that was a real thing?

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with your list of ideas, and I will discuss setting a goal in the next section. But for now take a deep breath and look at all of those possibilities. All of those ideas or just a few of those thoughts can help you create your vision. Some of them won’t even work at all or are not worthy of consideration. All of which is okay.

So what do you do with all of those ideas?

I like to rate them according to how I feel about them and level of importance. As you look at your brainstorming list, write a feeling word next to them. And then look at your list again and give it rate them to what feels most important.

As you are rating the priority of each possibility, consider:

  • What it would mean if you didn’t take action on this idea?
  • What is the best or the worst thing that could happen?
  • What would it mean if you did take action on this idea?
  • How does it relate to your overall vision?

Don’t be afraid to compare each idea to the next. For example, if part of your vision is to write a book or take dance lessons, which one is more important? If you want to start a business and learn how to set boundaries, which is more important. Continue this until you reach that one thing you want to start right now.

This doesn’t mean you couldn’t start doing some of the other things, but  focus on one goal and get started as you create your mindset on fire.

Finding Focus: How to get ideas finished

Do you ever sign up for a challenge and then file it into the “I do it later” Folder? Yep, that’s me.

Here’s the thing, the moment I signed up for the 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge, I decided to do a complete rebrand from the website to the images to my message. And I thought to myself, well I can’t exactly participate in that challenge when I am in the middle of doing such a big overhaul.

But I also believe that we do things when we are aligned with them and can focus on them and have removed the clutter in our brain.

Today is Monday and all the emails from the 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge were saved. So here I am, going through each day for the next 10 days.

As a creative who always has new ideas and inspiration, finding my own focus can be sometimes challenging. I often get started on a project, just to come up with another idea that feels even more amazing and the other thing walls to the wayside.

This really has been me for the past few months.

  • Started a coloring book
  • Started a new business venture
  • Started writing a novel

And I could go on and on about all that I have started. And then Mercury went a wee bit retrograde. I had all these open projects and when mercury is in retro, it’s a great time to finish started projects and refocus and that is what I did.

I made a list of all that I have started and prioritized them in a way that feels good. And I have gained my own focus in getting things done again, one project at a time.

I can hyper-focus really well and it has served me greatly in the past and I realized that this is one of my strength. But it doesn’t come without a battle.

I currently have a list of ongoing and new content and project ideas and realize that I want to do them all

RIGHT NOW.

But since I am not super-human that isn’t quite possible. With the rebrand complete and workbooks and the like having gone through an overhaul, I am now able to focus on what I want to do next.

And some upcoming ideas are:

  • New Workbooks
  • New Freebies
  • New Books
  • New Courses

But first I will finish writing that Novel!

I am just about done with Chapter 2 in my novel but feel myself getting stuck a wee bit here and there and I just have to remind myself that this is a rough draft and not the finished product.

So how do you find focus?

  • Get clear on all the creative projects. Make that list!
  • Pick one and commit to it.
  • Take inspired action and work on it every time you wonder what you should do.

And before you know it, that idea that has been dangling around for so long will come to a completed project.

Tell me in the comments what you are focusing on to get done!

Do not quit your dreams

Do not quit! Don’t ever give up. Keep working on your dream.

You will have highs and lows and hallelujahs and there will be a point where you are going to hit that sweet spot.

Success – whatever it means to you – does not work in linear fashion. It’s more like the ocean where the waves are too big and the undertow is too strong, pulling you under each wave as it comes towards you. You are struggling to stay on top of the wave, to be successfully swimming with it, and yes you will without a shadow of a doubt have those moments.

You are struggling to stay on top of the wave, to be successfully swimming with it, and yes you will without a shadow of a doubt have those moments.

The challenge is that when the undertow pulls you into the water, to keep being determined and to keep going.

Sometimes that means not going after idea alone but to surround us with the net of people that can listen to us, give us feedback and pull us up from under when they see us struggling.

Have an idea… do it … make it happen.. go all in and freaking refuse to listen to your fears or all those negative ninnies.

And yes you will come across people who tell you that it’s not safe and that it’s crazy to make that idea happen.

  • Why would you write a book that may be controversial?
  • Why would you quit your job to do what you love?
  • Why would you leave the comfort of your home to travel the world?

And there will be many more questions like this that people very close to you think you are crazy and just damn lost your mind.

  • What will people think?
  • Who the hell cares? Is this your life or theirs?
  • Do you live to please others? Or do you live to follow your ideas and passions?

Someone once told me that I can’t have the cake and eat it too. I was dreaming too big and it just couldn’t happen.

Here I am now, having the cake and eating it too because it is what I wanted.

I am not here to please people.

I am here to help them move forward and follow their own inner guidance of ideas and dreams.

Your ideas and dreams are yours alone and no one has the right to tell you otherwise!

 

7 things you must do after a dreams enters your conscious

I fully believe that there is a reason why dreams enter our conscious, and it is simply because we are the intended person to make them happen.

But so many times I have seen and heard people talk themselves out of their dreams because the minute it enters awareness is the same minute we allow fear and doubt to argue against it.

We owe it to ourselves to explore the possibility and to believe that we can make those dreams happen.

So here are 7 things you do when a dreams come into awareness:

  1. Give yourself permission

Allow yourself to see the big picture, not the little details. The big picture is important to see all that is possible and harness the feeling of excitement of seeing it becoming a real thing.

  1. Believe you are the one and in yourself

Believe that you are the person to make it happen and that you have what it takes. Write about it in your journal, it’s okay to start with the doubts and fears but then go ahead and show yourself how its all bullshit. You have already accomplished so much.

  1. Talk about your ideas and dreams with someone

Sharing your dream is scary because you may fear that the other person thinks you are crazy but if you tell it to the right kind of person, you just may be surprised about the support you have. It also gives you the opportunity to have a different perspective.

  1. Do some research

Yes, do some research and find out if other people have made this happen. This isn’t to steer you away but to show you that you too can make it happen. I don’t believe in competition in business because there are a billion people in this world and one person can’t serve them all.

  1. Find out what it will take to make it happen

Yes, more research but this one is to help you figure out what you will need to do. Dreams are earned by taking action but in order to do so, you must know what it takes.

  1. Create an Action Plan

Dreams are meant to become goals because if not there are merely wishes. So write down your dream as the main goal, list all the tasks it will take to get there and then break it down even further into smaller action steps.

  1. Take action

Don’t just do the research and make a plan and then do nothing. Take action, one step at a time. It doesn’t have to be big steps right out of the gate, but a small one every day or every week will make your dream a reality.

All too often we get focused on the “how” to make it happen rather than what. The how you can find out by talking to people, doing your research and even hiring a coach. Two of my personal dreams happened because I shared it with people and inadvertently those people then gave me the “how to”. This is the magic of talking about your dreams no matter how scary they are!

 

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