The most valuable thing I do is frequently give up on a project. I don’t really give up, I just throw up my hands and set it aside. The important thing is that I leave an organized trail so I can pick up the project later when I change my mind. Which I nearly always do. It turns out sometimes you can’t finish a project because you’re not ready, or you don’t have everything you need to complete it, and waiting is the best option. It’s vital to revisit old quit projects to re-evaluate your readiness to pick them back up, because it very well may be time to see it through to the end.
Contributors: Adam Cole from A Jazz Musician Who Writes Books