That term resonates with so many of my other clients, and let's be honest…myself. I am not going to act like I do not have a few projects of my own laying around that have been neglected! So what do we do about it?
Be honest with yourself:
- Do you still like the idea of the project or the finished piece?
- Is it a project that you still have an aspiration to finish?
- Do you still have a use for it?
- Would the intended recipient still have a use for it or are they still interested in the project?
If your answer is yes to the first set of questions then: Make it a priority!
Dedicate the time, like any other activity that is important to you to do it. If you can not make the time then re-evaluate how important it really is. If it is just a really busy time for you then take it off the current to-do list and pack it away for another time. Choose a time and put a reminder for yourself on the calendar. Maybe 3 or 6 months. If the timer goes off and you are still too busy re-evaluate if it is realistic or a dream.
If your answer is no to the first set of questions then: LET IT GO!
Life is far too short to be stepping over projects that you "might" get to someday, or that you really do not have a passion for. Maybe you know someone who would enjoy it who you could pass it on to, donate it, or sell it. One thing is for sure, it will not make you feel good to continue stepping over it. I often run into resistance from clients because of how much they paid for the supplies for a project. Please do not let this be the only reason that you decide to keep it!