I think we all end up returning to something in our lives--a city, a person, a project, a career. Sometimes we find ourselves returning to something we didnâ€™t even know we missed. Thatâ€™s how Iâ€™m feeling about my MuseCraft™ work. I was so busy, I thought I didnâ€™t miss it, but when things calmed down I couldnâ€™t stop thinking about it.
But how do you return from a hiatus that you thought would be a few months but turned into more than a year? (Closer to two, I think, because my brief foray back into the blog last year was pretty short lived and unfocused.)Â How do you return to something you thought you were finished with? How do you return to something you love when youâ€™re a different person than you were when you left?
I think you return--to anything, after any time--by not trying to catch up. By just saying, â€œHello, Iâ€™m here.â€ And then moving forward from there. Start where you are now, and take the next small step. Let what you learned last time inform your choices, but donâ€™t try to recreate how things were before. You know the old saying--you canâ€™t step in the same river twice. Itâ€™s best to not try.
Here are a few ideas for returning to something youâ€™ve been away from for a while.
Step 1: Revisit what youâ€™ve already done. Donâ€™t make changes or edits. Revisit it as if youâ€™re viewing someone elseâ€™s work as much as you can. Donâ€™t write anything down. Donâ€™t look for changes. Look at it with curiosity and appreciation.
Step 2: Make a list of what you want the project to be when itâ€™s finished. How do you want to feel about it? How do you want your audience to feel about it?
Step 3: Make a list of steps you need to take to get it done. Make them small. Smaller than you think you should. So small they seem silly. Make them smaller than that. Small is good! (So is silly.)
Step 4: Pick a target date or create a timeline for doing the work.
Step 5: Find some support. An accountability buddy or group. A hashtag to use to share your progress with others doing similar work. Something to give you a place to check in and talk about how things are going.
Now get started. Pick that first, small step to take. Tell someone about it. Do it. Donâ€™t look ahead to whatâ€™s next. Just do the step in front of you. After that you can pick the next one and do it. The others will still be there when you get to them, so donâ€™t worry about them right now. Just focus on the step in front of you and start heading toward your goal.