In the Interim: What to Do When You’re In Between Projects

Sometimes there’s a deep breath before the plunge.

 

Sometimes there comes a pause in between things. You’ve made all these plans and you’re ready to take the next step. And then all of a sudden you have to wait.

What do you do while you’re waiting?

How long does this waiting last?

What can you do while you’re working towards whatever it is that you’re going to be doing next?

 

First off: Realize it’s okay to have a break. Sometimes it’s good to stop. Picture it like you’re a skydiver: you’re going to pause right before you jump out of a plane. It’s only natural.

It’s the same thing with life: Sometimes you have the benefit of looking out before you go under.

 I found myself here this past week. I wanted to start the project that I mentioned in my previous post, but because I decided so late what project I would be doing, I didn’t have everything I needed to start right away. Now I have to decide what I’m going to do while I’m in the in between.

If you’re in the same position as me, I understand you. Here’s what I’m doing this week while I wait for all I need to come in. 

I encourage you:

To wait. Let these moments sink in. Give it a second. Genuinely let yourself wait. It can be tempting in these “waiting” moments to try and start the project before it’s reasonable to. Don’t. Just wait. There’s nothing wrong with preparation but don’t overdo it. Because then when it actually happens, when you take the plunge, your head will be clear and your mind will be made. Remember that skydiver mindset.

To prepare and plan. Sometimes you get these moments of quiet to reorient a plan, to remake the list or prepare better. Sometimes you do get a setback and it’s perfect because you needed to rearrange things in your life. Maybe you need to move around plans to accommodate for your project and this next step of yours. 

To consider. Sometimes you’re waiting because you’ve run into a lot of setbacks. When life keeps shoving something farther and farther away from you, it might be time to consider if it’s worth it. Consider if this project is really for you. Is it going to grow you as a person? Is it going to grow your portfolio? Does it line up with what you want your life to look like? Forget what everyone else is telling you for a second: Is the decision to do this thing really your choice, or just because others have told you it would be good for you? You may not be destined for it if it’s not working out naturally. 

While you’re waiting in between things, don’t get discouraged. This isn’t the end. You’ll move on to the next thing. You’re just in a place of waiting, and that’s okay.

Because we all need to consider where we’re going sometimes.

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