Have you ever put off doing something fun or creative?
Maybe you’ve always wanted to start your own business, or try something as simple as cooking a creative new dish… or maybe paint your grandma’s antique tea cart? Instead, you busy yourself with things that need doing and then realize you don’t have the time.
Well, I can relate.
Lately, I’ve been suffering from a bad case of creative procrastination.
A perfect example is this post you’re reading. I love writing. It’s a creative outlet for me and I’m so blessed and grateful that blogging is a part of my business. Yet this past weekend, when I had some time to blog, I kept telling myself “I’ll do it tomorrow”. Now it’s almost midnight, I’m getting tired, and I wish I had finished this yesterday.
There are so many other things I really enjoy doing and really want to do – so why am I putting them off?
- build my own furniture
- plant my gardens
- paint & restyle my bathroom
- restyle a new SI Blog theme
- draw or craft
- cross stitch or string art… etc
It’s easy to tell myself that I don’t have time, but the truth is, there’s something more going on!
Well, I don’t claim to have all the answers, but I do believe, it partly comes down to this – as odd as this sounds, starting an enjoyable creative project may initially cause discomfort.
Being our most creative selves means getting lost in the moment and enjoying the activity while putting all other responsibilities aside – which is sometimes difficult to do.
Also, taking creative action means taking emotional risk. The emotional risk may be fear of failure, disappointment, feeling vulnerable or even stressed. And when we have so many other demands and responsibilities in our lives, sometimes it’s just easier to stay in our comfort zone rather than venture into unknown territory and risk feeling any of the above.
So here are a few inspiring ideas to get the ball rolling. I’m writing them as a reminder to myself… and hopefully to encourage you if you’ve ever been a creative procrastinator too. 🙂
Give yourself permission to create something less than perfect!
If you’re anything like me, you don’t want to create something ugly… or even less than perfect. But the truth is, creative skills are learned over time… like building a muscle. The only way to develop this creative muscle is to show up – try – and work at it repeatedly. You may end up with a few dud projects, but give yourself permission to be less than perfect along the way. Some of the best artists and most talented creatives have taken years, if not their entire life time, to perfect their skills.
I love this Picasso story!
Legend has it that Pablo Picasso was sketching in the park when a bold woman approached him.
“It’s you — Picasso, the great artist! Oh, you must sketch my portrait! I insist.”
So Picasso agreed to sketch her. After studying her for a moment, he used a single pencil stroke to create her portrait. He handed the women his work of art.
“It’s perfect!” she gushed. “You managed to capture my essence with one stroke, in one moment. Thank you! How much do I owe you?”
“Five thousand dollars,” the artist replied.
“B-b-but, what?” the woman sputtered. “How could you want so much money for this picture? It only took you a second to draw it!”
To which Picasso responded, “Madame, it took me my entire life.”
Inspiration comes from doing!
I believe it was Wayne Dyer who said, “You don’t get inspired and then do, you do and then get inspired.”
Envisioning and dreaming about how to start a business, cook a gourmet meal or decorate a room is the start of any creative project. But eventually, you have to stop dreaming and start doing. My home decor is a perfect example. I have a vision of what I’d like it to be. Now I’d like to start working on it to actually accomplish something! Once I start, I’ll bet the inspiration will flow and it will feel great!
There’s NO perfect time or place!
We can always find an excuse. Not enough time – money – resources – knowledge – skills – or maybe the weather’s not cooperating! The truth is there is NO perfect time or place to start a project.
“Don’t wait. the time will never be just right.” Napolean Hill
Whether you’re creative outlet is painting furniture, cooking an amazing meal, sculpting, song writing or dancing; whatever it may be, I hope you give yourself the time and opportunity to explore it!
So, is there something fun you’d like to do that you’ve been putting off? Chime in – I always love hearing from you!
Have an amazing day!