I don’t know about you, but the weekend can go either way for me. Either I am out and about nice and early, with coffee in hand, running errands and meeting with friends (and showered).
Or it’s a Netflix marathon with tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. All day. I have to say, with the weather the way it is in Calgary (yes, it’s snowing!) I think the latter will do just fine.
The thing is, it doesn’t seem to matter what I’m doing (being productive, or not…) when creativity strikes it seems my energy knows no bounds. I am inspired and invigorated, pulling all nighters and waking up early to lend my energy to the project.
But then my attention starts to wane and another shiny more interesting object appears. Classic shiny object syndrome.
So how do you take a project from idea to implementation when creativity can be unpredictable and your focus, unfocused?
There seem to be so many barriers to completing projects: time, money, resources, energy…but these are all just energetic blocks keeping you from completing and following through.
Your perfectionism is keeping you from completion.
Our need to be perfect, or to even appear perfect is keeping us in fear and preventing us from doing what we really want to be doing.
Perfectionism is debilitating, exhausting and gets just so old. Because when perfectionism starts knocking on our door, procrastination is not far behind.
Now we are talking writer’s block, not having enough time, putting your project off, or just not doing it at all. Then we feel guilty.
Listen, I am the ultimate procrastinator. It’s a constant reconciling that needs to take place for me in my work. I take on new (ahem, shiny) projects to create busy work for myself so I don’t feel so bad for procrastinating what I really should be doing.
I’ve learned my sneaky ways, but luckily also know that the pressure and time running will finally force me out of procrastination, drop my perfectionism and get into “get ‘er done” mode.
I then become ultra focused and am able to shift into that creative mode where the hours pass easily and I am in total flow with the project.
Perfectionism and procrastination go hand in hand. Often times we don’t even get started because we are so afraid that we won’t be able to live up to the standard of how we want it to look.
So how do we shift out of the fear and into our flow?
Ultimately we all know that the only way to get to the end is by going through.
What project have you been procrastinating with? Try these tips and let me know how they work!
Oh, and here are some great resources for my fellow procrastinators and project do-ers…
The responses I received from the last email I sent out about "what to do when you’ve changed" blew me away.