Project Shedding

I’m an idea machine. Not a week (or, a lot of times, a day) goes by that I don’t think of some new site or web application that’d I’d love to see come to fruition. I’ve got an entire Backpack page overflowing with ideas should I ever get bored.

In 2006 I tried my hardest to actually build a lot of these ideas out. I had over a dozen different personal projects on my plate and some were even extremely close to being finished.

The predicament I found myself in was that I was killing myself trying to manage, design, and develop so much stuff in addition to managing, designing, and developing client work.

So what did I do? Right after the holidays I sold and dropped all projects that I either didn’t give a rip about or had been around for 6 months and hadn’t made any money or showed no signs of making a significant profit soon. That left me with only active (or almost active), profitable projects that I was still really excited to be a part of.

Since shedding all of those projects, I’ve found myself much more relaxed with work and a lot more productive. Projects that run themselves still require a certain amount of mental space and the amount of mental space my projects were taking up was more than I could handle.

Project shedding applies to much more than just business related things. Life in general can get far to full to enjoy. I highly recommend evaluating both your work and personal lives and, if anything, temporarily let go of some things and see how much your quality of life improves.

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Feb 20 2007

3 Responses to “Project Shedding”

I know exactly where you’re coming from. I’m in the process of cleaning up as many projects as I can online, and focusing solely on my blog + one or two side projects.

Glenn Wolsey on February 20th, 2007 at 10:25 pm

Yeah, I know (and you know) I go through the same kind of thing every once in a while. It’s a good excersice for people like us who’s brain never stops churning. Sometimes it’s hard to convince yourself to slow down, and focus on one thing at a time.

Kyle on February 22nd, 2007 at 10:51 am

Exactly…if only I had 10 pairs of arms and a 72 hour day…I could get a LOT done. :)

Josh on February 22nd, 2007 at 1:08 pm

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