...or Post Project Depression.
I’m wondering if anyone else suffers from this, and, if so, if they have any tips.
So the latest project is finally finished – perhaps a little more finish required, maybe some wax, but the basic work is done.
I might be happy with it, more likely not very (always room to have done it a lot better), and then it hits – Post Project Depression.
It’s hard to focus on anything.
I walk around mumbling “I got nothing”, since there’s nothing on the go.
I’ve tried, oh yes I have, thinking about the next project whilst I’m still involved in the one I’m on, but it just doesn’t work – when I’m working on one thing that’s where every ounce, gram, brain cycle, every breath, every everything goes.
I have ideas – they’re on scraps of paper, the “ideas book” I was using until it got rained on (in my shop, I hasten to add) resulting in 10 pages getting irreversibly glued together (who knows what gems got lost there), wunderlists, evernotes, cigarette paper packets, emails I’ve sent to myself, reminders I’ve made for myself. Many of them I don’t understand. A whole bunch of them I can’t even read.
But none of them are ready to go.
Not even close to ready to go.
They’re just ideas, sometimes just a joinery idea, sometimes, dare I say it, just a concept.
I know I just need to put some work in, to develop one of the ideas until it’s to a point where I can use it to start making sawdust.
And I know that I will recover.
But it’s always so hard to get going again.
Is this just a sickness I have, or is this an unspoken thing everyone knows but never talks about?
-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."