It’s been a few months since I started blogging. All in all, I’ve found it to be lots of fun to actually have a (seemingly) productive hobby.
I have always enjoyed writing and reading, a trait I share with many bloggers. It was an important choice for me to start my own blog as a means of getting my creative juices flowing and motivating myself to create rather than consume content. I spend a lot of time digesting content on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube, but I don’t dedicate enough of my spare time to creating or honing my skills. This isn’t the first time I’ve tried to change the way I spend my time in an attempt to be more productive with my hobbies.
When it comes to finishing projects, I have a problem with finding “motivation” in order to complete them. I feel like this problem—with starting projects and never finishing them—is not unique to me. I can name a number of projects my friends have started but never finished. They’ll often hail excuses such as “I haven’t found the right motivation”, “I’m going to start/continue/finish it as soon as I have completed [insert milestone]”, “I’m not really in the mood”, or “I just don’t have time right now.”
The reality is, we will always have time for it if we choose to turn that project into a priority and make the time. But at the risk of sounding like a hypocritical preacher, here’s a list of past projects I’ve started but never finished:
- Learning to crochet (and creating something to give away as a present)
- Advancing from beginner to intermediate level guitar skills
- Practicing piano to refresh my memory from those lessons I took 10 years ago
- Achieving near-native fluency in French
- Reading all the books in my personal library (before buying new ones)
- Improving my drawing skills
- Coding my own Choose Your Own Adventure game and publishing it using Renpy/RPG Maker
- Writing a comprehensive, engaging plotline for the aforementioned game
There are potentially a few other things I’ve forgotten about that should be on the list. By contrast, I’m proud of the things that I have completed and which I do on a regular basis. This blog is evidence that with a bit of positive reinforcement, external influence, and great tools of the craft, you can do anything you set your mind to.
What would be on your list of started-but-not-yet-completed?