Why procrastinating can be good
Everyone's creative process is different.
I've got the attention span of a goldfish when it comes to my creativity.
It's not the case when I'm doing stuff which comes easy to me.
Like making collages or making graphics on PicMonkey.
But when I write, my attention span is short.
I am a top "procrastinator", but I tell myself, at least I know when I'm doing it.
It seems to work ok for me though. I get stuff done.
Sometimes a lot of stuff. It just takes me a while.
I am not one of those people who can write a blog post in 20 minutes and press publish.
It takes me days where I go through it many times. And that's ok. I’m a slow creator.
Being the type of multi-passionate I am, it works for me to have a few projects going
at the same time that I can switch between.
The thing is, I consider the time I spend procrastinating valuable creative time too.
Most of the time. And anyway, if I spend more than 3 minutes scrolling through useless rubbish on Facebook, I close it down. It just annoys me.
I know I need a lot of thinking time. I write (like now) and then I have to look out the window to think, and then I write some more, and so on. I like it that way - and I get to see some cool cloud constellations.
Having a deadline also works for me.
It can be a deadline I set myself.
I'm someone who's never late for work or an
appointment, so I will do my best to finish to a deadline.
I think about my creative world pretty much all the time,
so it's important to take mind-breaks.
As long as I get to my creativity. And I do because I can't stay away
Procrastination can be a good thing.
Don't beat yourself up if you find yourself procrastinating.
Pay attention to why you do it and what you do when you procrastinate.
Are you doing mindless “Facebooking”, or are you thinking about your next move?
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