Done Is Better Than Perfect and Other Lessons I’m Learning About Procrastination

At this second, I’m on a airplane to what must be an extended R&R weekend in Cancun, Mexico. As a substitute, I’m scripting this editor’s be aware and acknowledging, as soon as once more, my ongoing relationship with procrastination. I’d like to let you know that it wasn’t all the time this fashion. I’d like to let you know that when upon a time, I set a writing deadline and caught with it. As a substitute, I’ll share my writing course of, which matches one thing like this:

  • Get excited in regards to the matter and dive instantly into analysis and interviews.
  • Think about all of the cool angles I might take—possibly even jot down a fast define.
  • Spend the subsequent X days/weeks doing completely every little thing besides writing.
  • Stress about my lack of progress and make guarantees that tomorrow shall be completely different.
  • Proceed avoiding mentioned writing.
  • Swear to myself and others that I’ve, in reality, misplaced the power to put in writing something price studying.
  • Write the piece proper earlier than the deadline and notice it was by no means as troublesome of an expertise as I imagined—, apart from the sleep deprivation.
  • Inform myself I’ll by no means do that once more.
  • Rinse and repeat.

Right here’s the factor: I solely procrastinate on inventive initiatives, similar to writing. In relation to assigning articles, writing emails or any variety of different duties, I’m an award-winning doer. However placing phrases to a clean (digital) web page? I’d somewhat scrub tile grout.

What I’m studying (and studying, and studying), is that creativity doesn’t strike; it flows. And it flows because of motion and purposeful effort. Inspiration isn’t a random act, however the results of devoted time and intention towards your inventive work. Perfection is your biggest enemy. It’s admirable to set high quality requirements, however when it retains you from finishing the duty at hand, it’s doing extra hurt than good.

On this, the creativity situation, we have a look at inventive processes from throughout quite a lot of industries. How are artwork installations altering who interacts with artwork and in what means? (web page 66) What does the seemingly countless stream of blockbuster prequels and sequels say about creativity in leisure? (web page 20) How does cowl determine Jay Shetty grapple with the intensely fashionable notion of a private model whereas staying true to his mission of therapeutic and knowledge and internal peace? (web page 42) What’s it about human connection that breathes new life into our inventive practices? (web page 82) How can we honor tradition and heritage in an more and more digital world? (web page 36)

I hope this situation brings you recent concepts you possibly can take to your inventive course of. I hope it helps you give your self grace and endurance and understanding once you’re struggling in your follow. I hope you’re taking the time to spend time doing issues that convey you pleasure, even when there isn’t a industrial factor. I hope that you just keep in mind to not get misplaced within the concept of excellent as a result of carried out all the time wins out.

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This text initially appeared within the September/October 2022 Situation of SUCCESS journal.

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