What do you do when you discover yourself procrastinating?
Thursday, January 20, 2011
I admit it. I procrastinated yesterday. Instead of doing work I needed to do, I spent the day telling myself I needed to do things but actually doing other things instead. What makes me do that? I think the root of the problem is that our internal creative artists are children and children can drag their feet and throw tantrums when they feel like they are being pushed. They don't care about adult agendas like imaginary deadlines or productivity. Do you have days like that? I think the answer is to stop and ask yourself what is going on? Why can't you settle into work? Do you need to back off of your word count for a day? Do you need to take ten minutes and put on your favorite music and dance? Maybe stop and put together a puzzle or get out crayons and color a picture. Perhaps the most important thing is to listen to your inner artist and figure out what you really need to do to give yourself the energy to continue on with the dream.