When it rains, it pours. At least, that’s the mindset we tend to get in when things start to go south. Oscar-winning director Pete Docter has a tip that can help make those rock-bottom moments less upsetting.
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Everyone has moments when they feel like nothing is going right, even award-winning directors. In the book Creativity, Inc., Docter explained his process of handling times like that to Pixar Animation and Disney Animation president Ed Catmull:
When this happens, it’s usually because I feel like the world is crashing down and all is lost. One trick I’ve learned is to force myself to make a list of what’s actually wrong. Usually, soon into making the list, I find I can group most of the issues into two or three larger all-encompassing problems. So it’s really not all that bad. Having a finite list of problems is much better than having an illogical feeling that everything is wrong.
Things probably aren’t as bad as they seem. Or at the very least, a great deal of your problems probably all relate to a few larger problems you can work on. It’s hard to find the desire to fight back when you don’t know what you’re fighting. Take a deep breath, sit down, and lay it all out on the table.