Side Projects. Keep the personal goals small to start with.
August 15, 2017
It is easy to blame work life for the death of your side projects. In my experience, I wait for the quiet moment to kick off an idea. First mistake. Then as soon as it begins, my work stress stabs the motivation in the back. Second mistake.
I am a serial killer of my own ideas. The common cause of death is the time between working on the ideas getting longer. Between said time gaps my mind wanders and I start working on another. All I have to show for this process is a list of unfinished side projects.
Looking through this ever expanding hard drive folder, I discovered my problem. The ideas were huge. It would take years to complete some. George R Martin, I am not.
We all need a bit of luck from time to time. It arrived for me on a Sunday morning, when I had a few hours spare. Looking through some saved posts on Instagram, I had an inspiring illustration bookmarked. I decided to have a go at my own version.
Heading straight to Youtube, I found some great learning resources. Creating an Isometric illustration was bags of fun. Proud of my design, it became its own Instagram post. The small reception of likes was enough to motivate more drawings.
We all work in different ways. Take a look at how you achieve projects through out a week. It is common for me to spend a few hours on something then move on. Finishing a small project in a few hours did wonders for my side projects moral.
It is important to make your own ideas. Try achievable ideas that need less time to complete. The satisfaction is enough to act as a springboard for more. Call me shallow, but likes on my work help my inspiration for making more.
Have you noticed the artwork for this post? Well, it feels better than using some one else’s stock art.Small illustration designs helped propel the foundations of this blog you read. I have compiled a trusty Pinterest board to showcase all the designs so far.
I try to work on a new drawing every week. Things will crop up. Stick to spending the odd thirty minutes a day on your personal stuff. It is very rewarding to achieve a finished side project, no matter the scale.