Creative Director & Information Designer

Hold Back

With creative work, the thoughts never end. We can’t stop at 5pm and turn off our brains. The ideas keep coming. We have to cultivate the art of holding back.

Exercising the discipline to hold back is especially important for project leaders. We know what we want. Will voicing your perspective help the project? Is everyone working hard and motivated to complete the job? Don’t push. Hold back.

I find it particularly difficult to hold back when new ideas come at the end of the day. Open the laptop. Send the email. Sketch the drawing. Is there value in doing this right now or can it wait until tomorrow morning?

Starting the project or sending the email late in the day adds unnecessary stress because it hangs over our heads that night.

Close the laptop. Save the draft. It will be there tomorrow.

Hold back.