Have you ever noticed that some ideas work out perfectly while others fall flat? We experience the same thing, week after week. What causes some ideas to blossom and others to lose steam? We think that a major factor is the time and energy invested. Good ideas take time. Sometimes they take a LOT of time. Here are a few ways to practice patience during the creative process...
1. Fill a page with ideas.
If you're working on ideas for blog posts or a new etsy product, never settle for the first thing that pops into your mind. Instead, take the time to write a whole page of ideas and choose the best ones! Here's an example... When I design a new dress collection I want to make sure I am choosing the right designs. For a 10 piece collection I will fill a whole journal with sketches. This was I've thought about every dress with a variety of different details. I'm able to flip through the entire book and choose the strongest pieces. I love that!
2. Let your idea sit till tomorrow.
Emma and I often get frustrated halfway through a DIY project. We had a good idea, we invested in supplies and then it just isn't coming out as we hoped it would. I've always been a project starter, but I only finish the ones I feel good about. We've developed the habit of letting the challenging projects sit overnight. The next day we come back, feeling fresh, and brainstorm solutions together. Many of our projects have turned out even better than we originally planned (like this one) because the first version was a fail.
3. Choose quality over quantity.
Over the years we've learned this lesson. Sometimes ideas have to be cut. It's painful, especially when you've invested time and money into an idea. If you've given an idea time and patience, but it's still weak consider moving on. Save your energy for other projects. Part of being a creative business person is realizing that some ideas just don't work out. If you consistently choose quality, you'll be able to look back at your body of work with a smile on your face.
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