Procrastination Disguised as Something Else
So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we just don’t sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we’ve satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.” ~ Lee Iacocca
What keeps you out of the studio?
Your studio may be as simple as a sketchbook and a pen or as elaborate as a dedicated space with easels and a plethora of art supplies. Procrastination occurs no matter what kind of set-up you may have. You want to be creative but find a reason, an excuse to not start your project.
Working on creative projects brings up vulnerability issues.
I don’t know how many times I have heard the story from one of my students about the time that someone criticized their creative project or process. It was their teacher, their parent or another student. Criticism stops people in their tracks. From that point on, they doubted their creativity.
Fear is disguised as procrastination. Fear of not being good enough or fear of being ridiculed for not being good enough lives beneath the surface. We don’t know it’s fear.
Sometimes we verbalize procrastination as “I’ll do it later (when I get better at it). Click To Tweet But how will we get better at it when we don’t even begin?
Art supplies stay brand new in their packaging, pencils never need resharpening, paintbrushes never need cleaning because they do not live out their purpose.
Denying yourself the pleasure of making mistakes so you can get better and let the person who stifled your creativity push you around is not why you are here.
You are here to make creative mistakes, practice and learn the process of art making and to kick procrastination (and fear) to the curb.