Procrastination: The serial killer of creativity.

What is procrastination?

Procrastination is basically doing anything other than the thing you should be doing. 

I’ve heard some definitions that say that it’s all about doing more fun tasks first, but in my experience that's not true. I will do the dishes rather then draw a comic, one of these things I hate, the other one I love. 

I’ve been trying to figure out the building blocs of procrastination, at last for me,  there are these four things that keep coming up:

 

The Snooze Button

The Problem

The urge to keep doing what I’m doing now, sleeping, eating, hanging out, playing a game, cleaning! Literally what ever I’m doing, rather then start on what ever the project might be, even awesome fun ones. So I will keep saying to myself, ‘when I finish this I’ll do that.’

The Solution 

Ironically the best way for me to deal with this problem is an alarm. I have an alarm set on my phone and when that alarm goes off I just have to move on to the next thing.


The Eraser  

this is a crumpled pice of paper, and an eraser, fyi ;) 

The Problem

I will trash project when I’m almost finished, and start all over again. Somethings wrong with everything, there’s no hope, burn it down, start over.

The Solution

The only way I’ve been able to deal with this one so far is to walk away from what ever I’m working on when this feeling hits. Walk away, have a cup of tea and work on something else for a little wile before coming back to the project. This obviously isn't ideal.

 

The Remote 

The Problem

I’m always changing the channel in my mind I’m just not able to focus on any one project at a time. I’ll jump from one project to another constantly, making it next to impossible to finish anything.

The Solution

I haven’t found anything that works to fix this yet. I’m trying a few things, but honestly nothing has worked yet.

 

The Buffet 

The Problem

I will just keep adding projects, saying yes to everything, giving me even more channels to flip threw. 

The Solution

I’m not talking on anything new tell I’ve finished two of my current projects, I’m not really sure if this will work, I’ve only just started, we’ll see.

 

Next time

my next procrastination post is going to be a little less personal, I’m going to talk about some of the research I’ve done about procrastination.