This self-imposed expectation and lofty standard is what creates the feeling that, if I do some work now, it won’t be good enough or I won’t be sufficiently productive. So I beat myself up and I don’t get started, when getting started is the only thing that’s actually required.
I’ve learned that when ideas and work are tough — as anything worth doing surely is — all that is required is spending time with those ideas and with that work. Going back to it repeatedly, developing it a little more, lifting it a little closer to where it needs to be. It won’t always be productive, but doing this frequently is necessary. Without spending regular time in that work, it won’t magically become what it is potentially capable of becoming: My greatest work, or simply the next ball of screwed up paper to hit the waste paper bin. And it really doesn’t matter which.
What matters most, and the real urgency, is progressing this piece of work towards its logical conclusion. There can be no urgency to have a great idea, because that just won’t produce one.
Knowing that I’m engaged in the right process, and that this is all that’s required, helps me to get started and stay engaged. The rest will come.