An Update: Balancing Large and Small Projects

Trying to keep consistency while striving towards something bigger.

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A personal update from Connor:

I’m procrastinating just by writing this article.

Alright, maybe that’s not entirely true. Time spent writing is never time wasted. After all, the only way to get better is to practice and continue creating content.

But when you have lots of big ideas and large-scale projects you want to work on, it can leave you torn between keeping a regular post schedule and making dents in those bigger projects.

That’s where I find myself right now.

I’m currently working on one of my biggest projects, which I aim to release next month both here on Medium and as an audio documentary to launch a new podcast. Outside of that, I’m planning a couple of podcast series and working on outlining a book based off

Throw in some non-sportswriting related projects on the back-burner, and it’s clear I have a lot of big ideas. I always do. That’s a good problem to have, but it can be frustrating because I often end up putting them aside in favor of writing individual articles.

Since I can’t write 10 hours a day, I end up having to choose what to do with my finite creative time. And since it’s no secret that in order to build an audience, one needs to post regularly, I tend to end up publishing a lot of small things and neglect the bigger projects. Plus, they’re easier to write.

Chances are, no individual article is going to explode, but they do help me gain a few followers here and there. And what’s the point in releasing something major if no one is there to see it?

The problem with these larger projects is that they take large amounts of time and effort, and have to be worked on consistently to avoid losing momentum. It’s very easy to take a break for a few days and end up shelving something for weeks just because you lose track of where you are.

There aren’t any major revelations to be found in this post. I know the only thing that will solve this issue is working harder, and ultimately writing more. I’m hoping physically typing that out will help me come to grips with it.

I need to be writing every day. Sometimes I get a kind of choice paralysis where I have so many things to write that I end up working on nothing. Other times, I feel discouraged by a lack of success and have no motivation to work. I take a break until I feel guilty and finally churn out something, aka the article you’re reading right now.

But I think it’s important to share how I’m feeling. I’m always going to be very honest about where my head’s at.

To close out this update, I’ll just say that I’ve been encouraged by my first two months or so on Medium, but I know I have to hold myself more accountable to get to the places I want to be. Hopefully, I’ll be able to share a ton of cool stuff in the coming months.

-Connor

Sportswriter. Medill graduate student. Host of the Slept On Sports podcast. Relentlessly curious. My book: .

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