Don’t Over Think it: 4 Tips To Just Let Go and Create.


I have been working with some fashion design students lately, giving them feed back on their work for an upcoming competition. I found myself saying over and over don’t over think it and encouraging them to try it out. These interactions them have really made me think about the design process, specifically my own design process.

I get so caught up in little things, like a designing a pocket, when I should be thinking about the overall pant design or not writing a bog post because I just don’t like the pictures yet. Isn’t interesting how we can give good advise but we can’t always follow it.

Why do we let this happen? How do we change the pattern?

Imagine what we could create if we just let go!

Here are 4 tips I am trying out to help myself let go and create:

  1. Forget they way you were taught and try it a new way!
  2. Allow yourself time to play, create something not on your to do list. I take quick online classes.
  3. Make it a game:  Set a timer for 30 minute to a couple of hours depending a the project. Then commit to creating your work with in the time allowed. This will keep you from having time to over think.
  4. Put it out there! If you wait until your happy with it, it may never be seen or you may just be too late.

Now, I want to know how you get creative and how you stop over thinking it?

What are your barriers and how do you or will you break them?

Keep Creating!!!! signature

2 Comments on Don’t Over Think it: 4 Tips To Just Let Go and Create.

  1. Ren
    June 18, 2014 at 1:10 pm (3 years ago)

    Getting my head into the mind-space of #4 is how I was finally able to publish a blog.

    I believe #3 is why I always procrastinate — but I think your suggestion of setting a timer would give me similar results. I may give this one a try!

    • addiek
      June 18, 2014 at 1:26 pm (3 years ago)

      I really need time constraint to preform and the timer is something new that I learned about from Michael Hyatt on his podcast. It is really helping me. I am also a perfectionist and I am learning to let go of it and just put things out. I have so many projects that I just sit on because the do not meet my unrealistic standards. OBTW, your blog is beautiful and inspiring. I am going to try printing fabric this week. I have been wanting to do some fabric with my kids art work for the upcoming Kids Clothing Week.


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