An embarrassing look at my creative process

It’s been over six months since my last post, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been hard at work on my entrepreneurial projects. I’ve been swing trading a bit (pretty much flat), and working on my website empire some. But for the most part, I haven’t accomplished much at all in terms of growing my monthly passive income.

The problem is that I tend to work in circles, meaning that I have a very clear pattern of getting too excited about projects, working on them for a while, then burning out on them when I realize that my effort isn’t worth the (non) results. Yeah, I tend to go “all in” on everything that I work on – it’s really hard for me to build a project little by little over time and I usually just end up working on it non-stop until I feel like I want to puke. I know this is bad, and I’ve been trying to change that. I’m making some progress (which I’ll discuss in a future post) but I’m the first one to admit that this is a real problem for me.

To explain it as best I can, here is a simple little infographic that shows my typical creative process in regards to my  website empire:

cyclical 6-step creative process

It’s quite embarrassing, and I envy the heck out of guys like Ben Schlappig and Pat Flynn who have been so laser-focused on one niche for years. I’ve (sadly) come to the realization that I’m not like that – I have far too many interests to work on just one project, and that’s precisely why I have so many active websites.

Although my creative process is not one that I am proud of, I’m starting to realize that it’s not really that bad. Even though I tend to start and stop web projects more often than I’d like, the fact that I’ve left them online the entire time means that they are ready and waiting for me the next time I am ready to start working on them again. And some of them are starting to become quite substantial in terms of content that I’ve added off and on over the years! At least I have that going for me…

Does anyone else tend to work like this or am I seriously a nut case?

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