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After making some big changes in my life these past few months, I’m finally starting to spend more time working on my own personal projects. It’s an exhilarating time.

One of these current projects is a return to producing comedy shows – this time specifically for the web.

Over the last few years I’ve started to realise more and more that I really enjoy writing and comedy, so the prospect of creating a comedy web series has me pretty pumped (in a G-rated sort of way, of course…).

But why am I telling you this?

Well, because at this stage of a creative project my first instinct would be to do something that you can probably relate to.

Planning the hell out of it.

Yep, that’s what I’d usually do. I’d map out every stage from start to finish. I’d end up with a nice, detailed plan containing every task I need to do. Think of it as a project “to do” list.

Then, after looking at the entire plan, I would become overwhelmed and lose my enthusiasm about the work to come. Mind you, it would still get done (most of the time…), but it wouldn’t be all that much fun!

And that’s why this time I’m going to approach this project differently.

An alternative approach

This time I’m actively fighting my instinct to plan.

Instead, I’m just dealing with one stage at a time. And right now, I’m at the stage of developing the characters and the world.

Usually, I would now be thinking about future stages, such as episode outlines, casting, equipment requirements, potential logistical obstacles, planning the show’s website, planning a marketing strategy, and the list goes on…

But not this time.

Instead, I’m just focussing on getting through this first stage – creating memorable and consistent characters, and the fictional world that they occupy. Time to just get all my various ideas on the page first. I’m ignoring the nagging voice in my head trying to force me to think further than that.

What’s the point of thinking ahead?

After all, it’s not like I’m going to forget what I have to do anyway! It will all flow organically. I really believe that now.

An enjoyable result

And guess what happens when I approach this project by taking one small step at a time?

I actually enjoy the process, and my enthusiasm and energy levels remain high throughout the project. That’s a really incredible feeling.

It even has an additional benefit that one rarely experiences – actually being in the present moment, rather than worrying about the future.

Sometimes, planning is overrated.