Procrastination is a deadly curse and one that wreaks havoc on your creativity.
Imagine for a moment what your creative life would be like if you didn’t ever procrastinate…
How much more would you get done if you just went to create, got straight into the flow and didn’t keep distracting yourself with minor, non-urgent tasks like checking your email, re-organising your stationary or making food you don’t really want anyway?
What kind of difference would that make to your creativity?
Something worth striving for, isn’t it…
Procrastination can not ever be completely and utterly eliminated. But there are many ways to reduce it drastically so that it has a negligible affect on your creative flow and what you create.
Unless though, you overcome the one major flaw that we all make in trying to overcome procrastination, you’ll always be a slave to it’s tactics and influence.
What usually happens when you try to beat procrastination? If you’re like me and millions of other creative people, you probably start to think: “Why do I procrastinate so much?”
This seems the natural logical approach to overcoming procrastination.
Once you know why, that little gem of information will mean procrastination is banished forever! Won’t it?
Nope. It doesn’t work like that.
Because once you start to ask WHY you procrastinate, the self-analysis begins.
And the floodgates burst wide open.
I bet you could write down off the top of head a list of 10 reasons why you might procrastinate straight away, hardly thinking. You could probably, with a little more thought and time, come with 20, 50 or 100 reasons!
But all this analysis just adds to the likelihood of you procrastinating MORE.
“No WONDER I procrastinate! Look at all these reasons I’ve got!! I’d would be weird if I DIDN’T procrastinate!”
See, it doesn’t get you anywhere, and actually it makes the problem worse.
And that’s the fatal flaw. You’re focusing on the WHY.
So what’s the alternative? Is there a way to overcome this fatal flaw and begin to beat procrastination?
Instead of focusing on the WHY of your procrastination, you need to look at the WHEN and the HOW.
What does this mean in practice? It means notice the times you’re most likely to procrastinate, the times when you’re most susceptible.
And it means notice the ways in which you procrastinate, your favourite habits for avoiding creating.
Only then, once you have this knowledge, can you begin to actually change your behaviour and overcome procrastination.
Only then can you start to move closer to that glorious creative life that you pictured a few minutes ago…
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From Creativity Coach Dan Goodwin
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