Don’t overthink it! Sounds simple right? But at times it’s probably the hardest thing to do. At times life can be so overwhelming that you drown in trying to find an answer. Artists often do this with their work which can lead to many issues in their career.
As an artist you’re always seeking to make your next work better than the last piece. That can be a lot of pressure. It can lead to overworking a piece, which can be very self-defeating, destroying the simplicity which is found within. That can lead to procrastination and avoidance of tasks because what you’re doing isn’t working out. So, how do you not overthink?
Simply put, sometimes overthinking is acting without thought. One might think that contradicts everything that I just said, but does it? Taking the time to look at what you are doing and reflecting upon it can bring clarity. Which means overthinking is acting on instinct instead of intent. To reflect and avoid acting on instinct start with making a list. This in and of itself can bring clarity to what needs to be done and allows you to focus. You see, most of the time people overthink things because they fail to plan. Planning out what you intend to get done gives you a blueprint. Now is that the say that you won’t feel overwhelmed? No. But it will allow you to focus, and not overthink it. Just do what’s there.