10 Reasons Why Finishing Personal Projects Simply Rocks
Daily Drawing #110220:
„What are you waiting for?“
– drawn with Harmony
Last week I wrote a post about Ten Reasons Why I Struggle Finishing My Personal Projects. In fact, I struggle very often. But I also want to share what motivates me to keep on working on my personal art or animation project, even though I’m struggling.
And event though I often struggle, I am able to finish personal projects once or twice in a while. That’s why I share 10 Reasons why finishing personal projects simply rocks with you today:
It is satisfying to finish any kind of project. Finishing the work, spreading the word and cleaning up the space after all is soo satisfying that it is almost impossible to describe. – You have to feel it. (Well, then go and finish something!)
2. It’s a relief
Last year I published an e-book titled A Brief Guide to Make a Semi-Professional Stop-Motion Animation Puppet that took me about a year from the very first idea to the moment I hit the publish button. Especially if it’s an older project on which I’ve been working, the relief will weigh as much as the satisfaction.
Yes, I am allowed to feel proud of myself, not in a peacocky manner but with a healthy attitude towards the thing I had accomplished. These three are a nice bundle of great feelings with that one’s rewarded after finishing a personal project. (And yes: the bigger the project, the bigger are the rewards for its completion.)
4. It’s therapy
Finishing a project means that I solved several problems. The more problems I solve, the less I fear problems at all. With every finished project my confidence grows, and I get more and more comfortable in a new or even bigger situation. Things start to change, and all the fears become smaller.
5. It’s both, education and training
When I finished a project, I have always learned something new. It’s all about synapses, baby! They build new connections, and at some point knowledge becomes experience. – That’s simply awesome!
6. It’s progress
The more projects I finish, the more visible becomes my progress, even to myself. I’m big fan of progress, and I don’t like stagnation so much. When I finish a personal project, I not only see it as a single step but as the whole distance I’ve walked.
7. There will be room for something new
After some recovery time (some people call it a black hole) I have the chance to work on something completely different. New ideas emerge. I like my work and I have so many ideas that I sometimes don’t know how to bring them all to life. But if I take one step (or project) after another, I’m way more focussed and the results of my work are much better.
8. For a small amount of time I am in the present
Often I think about what happened yesterday, and what I’ll have to do tomorrow. But the moment a project comes to an end, I am definitely in the present . I feel grounded and everything is perfect in that very moment. Time then simply doesn’t matter. Which is nice: no past, no regrets; no future, no fears. – It’s a shame that this moment always lasts so short…
9. The possibility to share the results
This one is optional. But personally, I like sharing. Sharing as in getting in touch with people and learn something new. Any constructive feedback is great, and since I don’t like stagnation I need feedback to develop. And communication! I love to communicate with other people, so sharing is a must and fun for me!
10. It’s highly addictive
If I really had a good run, I’ll get the whole package (from #1. to 9.). This is better than any drug I’ve ever heard of. It makes me feel whole. I truly believe that we’re creative folks who love to do creative work. I’m not talking about jobs. – Jobs bring the money in, but work is something different. A lot of people hate their job, but do love to work on something they really enjoy to work on, no matter what it is.
Daily Drawing #110221 – drawn with Harmony
It doesn’t matter how big or small the personal projects are. It’s important to do them, and to finish them once in a while. Not every project must be finished. If you struggle with your personal projects, it sometimes helps to remind yourself of how great it is to finish a project. Sometimes the rewards are more motivating than anything else.
What are your experiences?