Ânia Marcos
Ânia Marcos

Slow Down Or Crash & Burn :: How To Save Your Personal Project

This week I almost didn’t have a blog post.

I spent the holidays with family and friends. I wrote very little during the past two weeks. Holidays or vacation may look like the perfect time to get ahead with content, but there’s a catch: my entire routine changed.

All of a sudden, I’m no longer writing on my lunch break, I’m hanging out with my friend. Oops!

I could have prepared better for my change in routine. But let’s face it: we can’t prepare for everything. And sometimes, we just need to slow down or catch a break in order to keep going. Especially if there’s a change in the pattern.

This might seem counterintuitive, but when you slow down, you end up moving faster.

It’s a bit like driving.

You don’t hop in a car and get out of the parking lot like you’re Vin Diesel in Fast And Furious (or at least you shouldn’t…).

…and you don’t go at full speed all the time either. Especially when you see a turn, a roundabout, or are running out of gas.

You slow down.

If you’re slow but consistent, you’ll get there. Consistency gets harder with speed.

If you flip your car over because you’re going too fast, you’re out of the journey – at least for a while. And then what? (Hint: You end up like Daisy.)

Slowing down is necessary. The key is in the balance.

What Project Are You Struggling With?

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14 Comments

  1. Marta - 12 months ago

    “If you’re slow but consistent, you’ll get there. Consistency gets harder with speed.”
    This. <3

    I'm currently applying this philosophy to my work and my quality and enjoyment has leveled up +1000! After a year of struggling to get things done, now I'm finally starting to feel comfortable and confident again with my projects.

    Thank you for your inspiration, as always <3

    • aniamarcos - 12 months ago

      I’m so glad this is working out for you, Marta! Thank you for sharing this 🙂 What triggered the shift for you?

      • Marta - 12 months ago

        I did crash and burn but then recovered from it 🙂
        My anxiety just kept on rising until it was just impossible to keep doing anything productive; so I managed to achieve a huge deadline and then just rested for a month. And the rest worked! My goal this year is to keep this healthy state I’m currently in by choosing wisely which projects I should focus on. 🙂

        • aniamarcos - 12 months ago

          Wow. I’m so glad you found a healthy balance afterward! Congratulations 😀 Your goal is lovely, and I’m cheering you on!!! Keep me updated <3

  2. Pat marconett - 12 months ago

    Your right on Ânia! I try to create good habits. Work a little each day. Another fun analogy: pretend art is like drinking beer & you have a month to get through a 24 pack. 1 a day would hardly be noticed. 24 in 1 weekend would destroy most people.

    • aniamarcos - 11 months ago

      Hahaha, love your analogy! Super accurate 😀
      Was it hard for you to start a new daily habit? Every time I try to start one I go through a lot of trial and error until something sticks. Does the same thing happen to you?
      Thank you for your comment, Pat!!

      • Pat marconett - 11 months ago

        Habits are easy to break but hard to start. It can take a few weeks to get a habit going. sometimes for me just forcing myself to be up & at my desk durring the time I want my new habit to be will help my body adjust. Even that first week I’m just on the internet or watching movies…… luckily I’m pretty modivated person so if I don’t have a project outside of work & family, I start getting really antsy.

        • aniamarcos - 11 months ago

          Thank you for sharing that! Just showing up is huge. You’re creating the trigger that will help you develop your new habit – and that’s super important!

  3. Bryan - 11 months ago

    Life circumstances have made me take a hard left turn. Last October I left Nevada to return to my home state of California to pursue a dream of working with the top creative talent at Walt Disney Feature Animation. I’m aiming super high, so the pressure is on to perform. That’s enough to deal with by itself. But in my way, financial hardships, and a struggle to deal with the past. I started my OA first flight project in June of last year but haven’t been able to spend the quality time I feel I need to do meaningful work. But am I wrong? Does taking tiny bites of this elephant tasks add up in the end?

    • aniamarcos - 11 months ago

      Thank you for your question, Bryan! Always happy to hear from you 🙂
      To answer your question: I believe so. Small steps do add up. And sometimes we highjack ourselves before we even start doing anything, just because we get overwhelmed thinking we *have* to do *all* the things!
      …but the truth is, you don’t. Not right now.
      Starting takes a lot of effort. If you split things into small chunks, things will get done. On the other end, if you look at your huge elephant as a whole, it’s much harder to start – and easier to “leave it for tomorrow”.
      Does it make sense?

      • Bryan - 11 months ago

        Thank you for your kind reply Ânia. It does make sense…even with all my experience I still do get overwhelmed, but that usually means I take a break, a time out if you will. I breathe, take a moment to relax and renew, then I regroup and tackle the problem with new energy. I have to admit my goals are very ambitious and that because of that they demand more from me.

  4. Hannah - 11 months ago

    I keep starting and stopping my personal projects for my portfolio, I’ll have a great idea start trying to reference and research it, but when it comes to making the work I stall, plus I work full time in another unrelated job so I feel
    Like I only have a few hours to push myself to create something. Trying to find balance in 2018

    • aniamarcos - 11 months ago

      Hi, Hannah! 😀 What if you dedicate one week to research, and then another to thumbnails? Would starting to set specific goals for your project help you move along?
      Thank you for sharing your struggles <3

  5. Bryan - 11 months ago

    Thank you for your kind reply Ânia. It does make sense…even with all my experience I still do get overwhelmed, but that usually means I take a break, a time out if you will. I breathe, take a moment to relax and renew, then I regroup and tackle the problem with new energy. I have to admit my goals are very ambitious and that because of that they demand more from me.

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