Having been a creativity coach for almost 15 years doesn’t make me exempt from the pitfalls; my life goes out of kilter, I lose confidence, I get stuck, I think unhelpful thoughts, I procrastinate. But if I’m to ‘walk my talk’ I need to continually address these things. In this blog I’ll share how I do this in my creative life. In doing so, hopefully I’ll help my readers gain greater creative fulfilment and focus more effectively on their creative dreams. I’m also blogging to inspire, motivate and help myself and others increase and maintain creativity. I’ll probably blog about a few other creative things too. I hope you decide to join me on this journey.
Today, I’m starting by blogging about procrastination…
The Ghosts of Projects Past
I stepped into the new year with a trail of unfinished creative projects skulking behind me. As we head towards February they remain lurking in the shadows like restless ghosts whispering that they’re incomplete. However today I promised myself to lay them to rest before I work on any new projects. No more procrastinating, I’m going to finish them!
Whatever our creative vent, unfinished objects and projects tend to hang in the corners of our awareness, stopping us give full attention to the jobs in hand and making us feel as if life is an unending list of chores. My first step in reclaiming this energy that my unfinished objects and projects are leaching is to get the ghosts out into the open.
Nice and simple – and not too scary – I made list of projects that I’ve started but not worked on for quite a while or that I’m avoiding working on…
Bekki’s Long Term Procrastination List
- A short story – working title The House at the End of Our Street
- A Bethlehem star block that needs to be turned into a cushion
- A block I designed to make into a cushion
- Four pairs of tiebacks for the kitchen/diner curtains
- The Beast in the Box!
Creating this sort of list can take time as we don’t always remember everything on our first sweep. We therefore need to allow our thoughts to bubble away in order to find everything that belongs on the list. I’m therefore giving myself, and anyone who wants to join me, a couple of days – yes, we can procrastinate just a little longer – to make sure we’ve identified everything.
While you’re enjoying you last days of procrastination making your list, you may find it helpful to consider the following three categories and ask if you have any unfinished objects or projects that fit into them.
- Projects you work on these just for the pleasure of it
- Items you create for practical use or that you intend to give as gifts
- Projects you will (or hope you will) make money from
Once you have your list ask of each item,
‘Why am I reluctant to work on this?’
Note your answers for each.
Good luck sniffing out all your unfinished objects and projects! I’ll be back in a couple of days to take the next steps in tackling what I’ve found.