I must obsess over every detail of the piece, regardless of whether anyone else will notice. These Editable July 2020 Calendars leads me to revise and edit myself at every step instead of giving myself permission to bang out an imperfect first draft. Also, whenever I think of something I could research in relation to my piece, I delve into learning as much as possible about the subject, even if I do not really need the information and could never use all of it. This July 2020 Calendar leads to my spending lots and lots of time on my piece but not having much in the way of tangible results to show for my efforts. I also end up feeling really overwhelmed because I know so much that it makes it difficult to focus and narrow down my possibilities. This means that I often overdo the first part of my creative project in terms of time spent and attention to detail. Then I can barely skim the surface of what I should do for the rest of the piece when it comes close to crunch time. The Creative Pragmatist Approach: I define the meaningful end deliverables and then start to clarify the intermediate steps to create them. I look at how much time I have between now and my projected end date.
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By “time” I mean both number of weeks and number of hours during those weeks to move the project forward. With these Editable July 2020 Calendars, I allocate my time budget to the incremental steps, weighted by the reality of the minimum time that it takes to complete the elements and also by the importance of that element to the overall success of the project. Then, as I move through the process, I push myself to keep pace with the goals I’ve set, producing good enough work within the time I have to spend and giving myself permission to circle back if I still have additional hours in the end. This will ensure that I don’t over-invest in less important items and then botch the finish.
If I can think of anything more that I could possibly do to improve, refine, or add to the piece, then it isn’t done. If the work hasn’t attained the ideal setting in my head at the start, it’s inaccurate to say it’s complete. I define “finished” as having at least met the minimum requirements for the piece and as knowing that I’ve done the best I could given the time and resources allocated to the project. Saying something is complete doesn’t mean that it can’t be improved upon or elaborated on in the future. It just means that I can submit it and move on to other work and with these amazing July 2020 Calendars you can manage this process easily. If someone points out a mistake, has a different opinion, mentions something I didn’t include, or has anything other than incredibly positive things to say about a piece, I feel embarrassed and like a total failure. I worry that my expertise and respect is in question and that others will think I’m incompetent and an impostor. I appreciate feedback because it helps me to test and refine my work. I may agree or disagree with the input and I can choose how I respond to it. If I never open myself up to others’ insights, I might miss out on something really wonderful. My work is improved and my world is expanded through the input of others.
As a recovering perfectionist myself, I completely understand that what I have described as the Creative Pragmatist Approach may sound like (gasp!) settling. To a perfectionist, settling seems worse than not completing the piece, which is why perfectionists often produce very little. But I really want to challenge you to look through these examples again and test them out in your creative process. My guess is that you’ll find you produce far more and far better work with much less stress by aiming for less-than-perfect. This Editable July 2020 Calendar allows you to recapture the energy that you typically waste on emotional angst so that you can focus it on the elements of the creative process that matter most.