5 Reasons Why You Keep Putting Off Your Side Project

Mar 21, 2013 | Articles

5 Reasons Why You Keep Putting Off Your Side Project
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Many people try to find the time to work on personal side projects.  However only a small amount actually manage to get their project started and even fewer have it completed. Work-life balance is something everyone must be able to manage in their own ways.  It is always beneficial to set some time aside for these projects, especially ones that will teach you new skills, improve your lifestyle, and help you gain more experience.  It doesn’t have to (and shouldn’t) relate to anything you do at work.  I don’t believe in spending 8 hours a day working on the same type of work.  One must learn to expand their skill set and interests in many different areas and having a side project is the perfect way to do so. You will be surprised to learn that working on several different projects at the same time actually prevents focus fatigue.  Here are 5 reasons why many people put off their side projects and 5 things that you should work towards overcoming.

1. Confidence

When you stop believing in yourself, don’t expect the people around you to believe in you either.  Most people usually lose confidence in the early stages of their side project. They either find out that it’s much harder than they thought or start to question the greatness of the project itself.  When negative thoughts start to fill your head either from memories of past failures or character weaknesses; just remember the more you accomplish, the more you will believe in yourself.

2. Direction

Losing the sense of direction for your project is very common.  During the process, you will come up with many new ideas and other directions which could definitely affect your main focus of achieving the end goal.  Be sure to write down your plans and goals in the early stages.

3. Procrastination

This is probably the biggest reason why a lot people end up putting off their side projects.  Planning on using the “I don’t have time” excuse?  If you really wanted to, you would be willing to give up a few hours of television time in a week to get it done. Most people are lazy because they don’t know how to fulfill their dreams.  This world is always filled with lazy people and that’s why successful people will always stand out. Which side are you on?

4. Purpose

Have you ever asked yourself what’s the point? Be sure that there is a purpose in your project and it is something that you strongly believe in. I’m not talking about your daily responsibilities, or your long-term goals. What I mean is to think about the main reasons why you are working on this side project to begin with. When you’re motivated, you have a reason to do what you do.

5. Momentum

Something that’s in motion tends to stay in motion. Try not to put off your project too many times or for too long as it will definitely decrease your motivation.  Momentum builds quickly and can result in great outcomes if maintained. Keep your streak going for as long as possible and you will find that your project will progress much more smoothly.