Have you ever been forced to delay a personal project?
Maybe work interferes, or some other event in your life.
Maybe your personal project is to start up a new business, or as it was in my case, develop a set of web applications.
Side projects get delayed a lot, I have found. Usually because at the end of the day they don’t have an immediate payoff.
Or maybe you force yourself to deal with client projects first, and put your own projects aside for spare time.
I’ve been doing this for far too long. So long, that now, a couple of my personal projects have been pushed back 4, 5, even 6 years. I often come up with ideas and never actually invest the time they would require due to work commitments.
A few months ago I hit a critical point where all that I could think about was missed opportunities. Usually it happened this way: I’m browsing the internet, reading blogs, and then stumble across a brand new web application that does exactly what I wanted to do. And they’re making bank.
It was so bad, that for a while, all that I could think about was how, by accepting any new projects for other clients, I would just push back my own project yet again.
Two quick thoughts:
- Ideas are not worth very much. It’s the execution of those ideas that is important.
- Does accepting a $1,000 project (or whatever amount) actually cause me to defer potential thousands of dollars in residual income if I would just make my ideas into reality?
In conclusion, I ended up making the decision to spend time on my projects. Every weekend for the last few months I’ve been working on our web application. It’s been amazing. I have renewed enthusiasm for the other projects I work on, and I have my own “dream” becoming reality.
I encourage you to do the same. Stop delaying, and just start.