Have you ever become stuck in the loop of creating something? Sometimes, I get so wrapped up in making something great, something perfect, that the day just slips away from me. Eventually, though, you do have to be able to recognise when it’s time to let a project, or task, go.
Don’t Keep Going Until It’s Perfect
Perfectionism is just another excuse to not count something as finished. Learning to let go, and move on with your time and efforts isn’t always giving up. In fact, it’s acknowledging that, at your current skill set level, with the time allotted, you did your absolute best.
That’s what counts, and that is what will help propel you as you begin the next project and the next step. What you have just done, is simultaneously the best you can do right now, and has nothing on what you will be capable of tomorrow.
Keep going, one step at a time, moving toward your goals. “Perfect” is a journey, not an instance.
It Is Possible to Overwork Something
In the tentative moments of: “it’s almost done”, “if I just add this”, and perhaps “if I remove that”, you could be doing your project more harm than good.
Always remind yourself this: there is a time to step back. When you think there a few more subtle tweaks here and there – step away. When you are agonising over the wording in a document, or applying those final dashes of light and dark in your drawings -step away.
Your piece is meant to be human; it is a reflection of you. This will give it a warm and inherently relatable feel, rather than cold and robotic (I’m sure robots are capable of being warm and relatable also, though).
Take time away, both mentally and physically. Look at it later with fresh eyes and objectively wonder: is there really any more you could do to it? Before you send it over the edge of being overworked?
Instead of worrying about how what you are doing or have just done could be better, how you could apply new skills to it and rework it – stop. Is it really necessary or beneficial to either you or your work? Chances are, when a project is ended, it’s 100% done, so the answer is inherently “no”.
Focus your new skills and ideas from thinking about your last project and pour it into your next one. Innovate there. Create magic and hone those new skills and ideas in a new environment. You will feel more inspired for doing so.