Holding onto too many drafts.

It’s tempting to try every change someone can design, write, or iterate. However, it’s a trap. The best work requires constant revision, but if you try to hold onto hundreds of drafts, it’s possible you may never get out of the logistical mess of trying to figure out which parts, for which drafts need to be combined to complete the project.

There is a balance to this, but it’s difficult to find. It’s personal. One observation is that it’s okay to let some drafts go completely even if you think they are good. You don’t have a limit on great work, you’ll find the right combination eventually, but too many drafts will only bog you down limiting the new work you can do. One of the reasons I write daily on this blog is so that I don’t have to think of each writing as a draft. After all, I’m publishing each one. Not every piece is equal, but they all are good practice, and all clarify thinking a bit more.

If you were a painter, would you have ten canvasses going of the same picture? No. Of course not. You would paint one full picture. If you weren’t happy with the quality, you may paint a similar picture again. You can repeat this on and on, each time completing something. This extends to inventing products, writing, business plans, presentations, and more.

Too many drafts is a dead end. Publish, share, tweak and publish again. Don’t be embarrassed of your less works, not every song is Hey Jude, some are just Norwegian Wood, but we can let our audience decide and take that anguish off our plates. All creative works can benefit from this mode of operation.