Ever get stuck in the loop of creating something? Sometimes I get so wrapped up in something, 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. 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.
It is important to remember, when you think there a few more subtle tweaks here and there, whether it’s getting the wording just so in a document or apply those final dashes of light and dark in your drawings, there is a time to take a step back.
If it helps, remember that your piece is supposed to be human. 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 it goes over the edge that is 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.