One of the greatest enemies of doing creative work is procrastination. Work in progress could easily turn to a work in stagnation when procrastination overpowers you.
When I hear the call to creating something I believe is significant, the voice of resistance follow. It’s the fear from the silence. It’s the inaudible voice from the corners of my room that does nothing but hinder me from moving forward.
Resistance capitalizes mostly on fear. Besides fear, there are other things that make up its composition.
Here are ways I think could help:
1. Get Rid of Perfectionism. “Perfectionism is the mother of procrastination.” You can never have a perfect draft. No one can ever achieve real perfection in this world yet [besides the Perfect One]. You just have to decide to release your imperfect creation to a procrastination-weary world.
2. Work along the process. Your blog, your team, your masterpiece or your book is always a work in a progress. You will never have a final draft. There are always processes and edits you need to make, but there is a point you need to ship. Doing creative work is like having a train running while you go ahead and keep setting up the tracks.
3. Waiting vs Procrastinating. Procrastination is setting aside tasks scheduled today. Waiting is to set aside time for someone to accomplish the given task. Avoid procrastination, but applaud fruitful waiting time. Waiting for the perfect timing or waiting for your mentor’s advice are good kinds of pauses, but waiting for the so-called perfect time without basis is certainly not a good version of waiting.
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4. Keep moving. Why plateau if there is already a command to go? Here are two commands already commands man to keep moving: “Go and replenish the earth” (Genesis 1:28) and “Go and make disciples” (Matthew 28:18-20). The prominent slogan of Nike goes smoothly with it, “Just Do It.” Just go.
5. Keep digesting creative juices. We need daily physical food or else we get weaker. Same with the mental, psychological and entrepreneurial aspect of our life, we need to have a good stream of creative pushes. It’s what enters our minds that makes us who we are. Procrastination is overcome when keep hearing words that drive us, inspire us and move us. Keep listening. Keep reading. Keep mingling. Keep interacting.