I have this problem, maybe you do too. I like to make things. Start projects. Develop stuff. Break rules. Create new publications. Establish companies. Publish.
I’m quite mad, that’s what some keep telling me. Others have tried to find a diagnosis, some sort of psychological branding that would explain my inability to actually cash in on every thing I do, no matter how successful they might be in the end.
I never claimed to be a businessman. There are others better suited for that.
I just get bored.
At any given moment I have a handful unlaunched projects that I’m fiddling with. It could be books, websites, publishing outlets, EPs, designer clothes, apps, or something completely different. I have a problem sticking to one thing, and why should I? It’s all in good fun, and despite all my problems I seem to pull out alright in the end.
I won’t stop juggling projects. I don’t think I can.
But this year I’m trying something different. I wrote a list of goals (not to be mistaken for this more general list-thingy[http://tdh.me/the-2013-list-of-things-to-live-by/] I published on January 2nd), things I truly want to achieve this year. The list grew by one in February, so I guess I cheated from the get-go, but I’ve yet to receive a formal complaint so I think we can let it slide.
The first item on my goals list will be checked in the near future. When The Writer’s iPad is available in all bookstores I want it to be, that’s one down, six to go. It might come as a surprise, but The Writer’s iPad is long in the making, it’s been in the back of my head for years, ever since I started writing on the iPad. It is one of those projects that have drifted in and out of active state, weighing me down with its urgency. The Writer’s iPad is a project that would’ve been done so much sooner if I’d scrapped other things. If I would’ve been more focused.
Focusing on one thing is boring.
Building whatever you want to be doing at this given moment, creating something from scratch, taking control of what you do – that’s not boring.
I hope the list of goals will bring balance to whatever I’m doing. I try to look at it a few times every week, to remind me what I used to think was important a while ago. So far it has focused my efforts, igniting the spark and the will to do more relevant things.
But who knows when I’ll get bored with that?