I enjoy working active projects with real expectations and having time constraints. I am ready for the process of making something. This is part of my life.
An opposite situation exists too. I get no pleasure being without an idea to guide my work. Dry periods I call them. In the same way, three ideas going nowhere is worse than zero concepts.
I have a habit of productive enterprises. Those are jobs with some a clear beginning, a recognisable middle, and an end.
We all know how goals can get derailed.
I work my problems out in 3-D, like on paper or in the required medium. These act as experiments. It’s hands-on problem solving. Usually that technique works.
When more effort is needed I go to an alternative action, still positive, just a little change-up.
So, I choose some options to accomplish my goal. For instance take a short break (re-group), or do something fresh (finger-paint) , or use a new / different approach (Sharpies (™) haiku on big cardboard sheets). As such it’s improvising, exploring, and testing some boundaries — innovation through baby-steps.
I can get to my goal, but I must work for it. I like when things seem to fall into place. I don’t fall apart when they don’t.