Why you need a side project

Alex Sugg
Alex Sugg

If your work has grown boring or stale, a side project is a great way to get you excited to create again.

Having a side project is crucial to staying happy in our creative work.

There are two ways this can go. You could be working a full-time job, and your time is limited. The other is you're working full time for yourself or in a creative capacity. Both need a side project.

Here's why:

You get to be a control-freak over something, and that feels really good.

No one gets to touch your side project, which makes being a good team-player at your job a lot easier.

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It keeps you sharp.

You're in charge of the success or failure of the whole thing, so you're going to be motivated to learn and build what you need for it to work.

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It wakes you up.

If your work has grown boring or stale, a side project is a new and fun adventure to go once you're off work.

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A side project can be small. It can be private and not shared online or with others at all. The point is, we all need an outlet to be a fully us in our creativity without the expectations of anyone else around us.