Well, it’s the first day of November, and if you’re like me, you’re going over all the unfinished projects you want to get done, especially with only two months left in this year. I have several of them myself. Some are songs, some sermons, and a few writing projects I really would like to finish by the end of 2017. My approach to all of them is pretty much the same. I try and set goals each week for what I need to accomplish, listing what is the highest in priority first.
What I’m saying might not interest you at all, but if you’re working on getting something completed, and you’re relying on your creativity, keep reading. One of the most important things I do when I get a writer’s block in a song or another writing project, I WALK AWAY. Yes, I literally put down my computer or iPad and walk away. I not only walk away, but I stay away until I can come back with the inspiration to complete it. It can be a few minutes, hours, days, and sometimes weeks.
I also believe that God orders our steps and some things are based on His timing. I might have to experience something to finish a song or a sermon. I’m more committed to His timing than my schedule. I could push myself and get it done, but if it’s not the right time, it will not have near the impact it would have, had I just waited. Walking away is not only resting my brain, but it’s also being sensitive to the Spirit of God.
If you’re stressing about needing to get a particular project done, maybe you should walk away. Take some time and don’t even think about it. As long as you have a place where you write your ideas down and you can easily find it, you’ll come back to it. Use this time to read more on the subject you’re writing about, so when you return, you’ll have more information to provide. You may even choose not to do anything related to what you’re working on, and that is entirely fine. Whatever you need to do to be renewed, do it, it will be worth it.
As crazy as it sounds, to finish a project, sometimes you have to WALK AWAY. I’m not encouraging you to get it done; I’m trying to inspire you to complete something at the right time, you know and feel is ready.