“If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don’t just stick there scowling at the problem. But don’t make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people’s words will pour in where your lost words should be. Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient.” ― Hilary Mantel
‘keeping balance’- the things we care about most can often become second thoughts when we find excuses not to pursue them.
This is the great battle; the war that all or most creatives will go through at one point or another. The ruler of the kingdom: Procrastination malevolently ruling over the creativity of the land. How does creativity take reign? What power does procrastination really have to wear the crown?
I find that procrastination can seem like this; it can also feel like an uninvited friend, one that simply won’t leave. I find that my creativity takes a backseat when I let procrastination in, thinking of a multitude of reason why I shouldn’t do something, when instead I should be opening my mind up to why I should do it and how it could be beneficial, striving to put myself out there to possibilities.
It is only when we ignore procrastination that we can strive for better. Organising our time and keeping a steady balance of prioritize has become something I work on most, as someone who is working on operating their own business. When we decide why we must create, and can channel that into a consistent mindset, we can break procrastination when ever it may arrive on our doorstep. Those metaphorical castle gates can have the capability to keep out the evil procrastination and our kingdoms can rule effectively an joyously.
When I get into a procrastination type of way, I tend to punish myself a lot more than I probably should. And when I create a lot more of the time, I tend to regret not enjoying the calm and for always panicking. How do we find this beautiful balance between these polar opposites? I tend to think that they CAN and should work in harmony.
When we feel as though we are procrastinating, we should allow ourselves to relax and take inspiration when we are ready for it. We can have breathers if we allow ourselves to, I feel like I only ever deserve a breather if I have worked hard enough for one (almost like a doggy treat system!) But you totally don’t have to be like that, enjoy your days off because you know you can do the work, but give yourself the permission you need to enjoy those moments of rest and re-charge.
…Because!.. When you’re your most rested and best self, your mind will be it’s most open and relaxed, ready to process information and start again. How often are we told when we are stuck on something, to take a break and come back to it later? I was told this throughout my whole schooling days, so way not implement it into our adult lives?! Because when we switch back on, ready to work- chances are we feel more invigorated and simply put- ready to work! I find that relaxing has helped my head calm and process the clutter and then when I am ready to work, I have the appropriate tools to sculpt away said clutter.
Simply put: Procrastination vs Creation is a pretty, rhyming phrase I made up as a reminder of them being two opposite entities, but in reality- they can mean anything in any context: off vs on, lazy vs busy, asleep vs awake, calm vs crazy! It is simply a suggestion to find two opposites in your life and consider how you might actually be able to bring them together in harmony; marrying two parts of yourself to aid them into becoming your greatest strengths.
“My advice is, never do to-morrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time. Collar him!”
― Charles Dickens