It seems to be a common theme among creative types that we have more ideas than we have time to actually put them into practice. In the past, I suggested prioritizing them in terms of how exciting they are and how easily we can get them done. Well, today I'd like to explore another way to tick off the items on our creative to-do lists, and that's micro projects.
What's a micro project? It's a smaller, more manageable version of the original project, and one we can complete in just a fraction of the time. Think of it as a regular project, distilled down to the very best parts.
For instance, I've always loved the idea of having my own jewelry store. Not just an online store, but one of the brick and mortar variety. I know that setting up such a store would take a huge commitment, in terms of money and time and energy. Frankly, it would take more of those things than I have!
Which is why I made myself a portable store, also known as my Showoff Box. It's a small metal box that I decorated with plastic rhinestones, and which I've filled with jewelry samples, business cards, and sample kits. I bring it with me wherever I go -- that is to say, wherever it's appropriate -- and I use it to show off my latest projects. Experience has taught me to be prepared, so I have everything I need to make a sale, just in case. Honestly, I'm thrilled right down to the roots of my pretty curly hair every time I lift the latch on that box.
The little store doesn't need sweeping. I don't have to pay rent for it. I don't have to hire employees, and I don't have to worry about giving people directions on how to get there -- something I'm notoriously bad at. It's all the fun, none of the fuss, and just the right size to carry around. A truly micro project.
So that's my advice to you. Turn some of your larger projects into micro projects. Have a book idea that's distracting you from your current writing project? Just write the best scenes, or turn it into a short story. Want to make art quilts? Make itty bitty ones. Always dreamed of making a wire replica of Liberace? OK, actually, I want to see the life-sized version, but if you're pressed for time, make a tiny one and turn it into a pendant. And then send pictures. I promise you, you'll feel better for having tackled a creative project and doing so in a time-conscious way. :)
Do you have an idea for a micro project? Do you need help distilling a larger idea? Please, share!
Thanks, and have a sequintastic day. :)
Edit: here's the interior of the box!