It’s a question I find myself constantly wanting to ask, and my answer to it lies on both ends at once.
I care a lot about whether or not I’ve made something I can be proud of, yet I don’t want to spend too long holding onto the final precision details so that I can call it perfect.
It matters more for me that I get it done, over getting it at top notch quality.
So when it comes to making work and sharing it, I care a lot about making the work happen, and less about whether or not I have the skills to make it a 5 star piece.
The first one means you have to wait. Because creativity can be finicky, unreliable, and spontaneous, waiting for creativity to do its work can take an awfully long time.
On the other hand, letting a creative do her work is much more actionable and practical.
If the goal is to be someone who is respected for their creativity and craft, not done through waiting but by consistent practice, then we’ve got to let the creative do their work.
Too many clothes to choose from.
Too many tasks on the to-do list.
Too many assignments to do.
Turning even the autopilot function on in our heads is too hard (because it also requires effort and friction), so we decide to do the next easiest thing—nothing.
And then we’re back at square one, wondering how things could have been different if we just did something instead.
Sometimes the abundance of choice, to-do’s, freedoms, and ideas is just noise. Much more actionable to start small, with limits and restrictions applied.