THE STARTUP ARTIST – 002 – THE PROCRASTINATION POLICE
Here’s the deal: I created Unleashing Havoc to be the vessel by which I would deliver the stories and artwork I create. The ideas in my brain and the overpowering desire to manifest them real keeps me up at night. I bleed storytelling and its many aspects. I’m on a constant mission to absorb as much info as my tiny brain can hold on what makes a story tick, on what captures a reader’s imagination. My ability to execute the results of these studies, however, is a process that still needs some tweaking.
One of the biggest challenges I face on a regular basis is Getting Started. The simple fact is, I love thinking about the journey but I have a serious problem putting rubber to the road. So I’ve put together a list of techniques to try and combat procrastination. I’m hoping if I can enact even just a couple of these ideas, I might be a little bit better today than I was yesterday. In six months I might look back and say, “Procrastination ain’t got no strings on me!” And maybe, just maybe, I’ll be able to help someone else avoid these same struggles.
So here’s a couple ways that I’m trying to transfer from being Commissioner of the Procrastination Police to Detective Johnny Doessomeart instead.
THE FIFTEEN MINUTE DIET
Stop thinking fifteen minutes isn’t long enough and start thinking about how much you CAN accomplish in fifteen minutes. Challenge yourself. But don’t be disappointed if you can’t complete the task you set out to complete. Fifteen minutes 4 times is an hour and an hour devoted towards your dreams isn’t anything to shake a stick at.
REAP THE REWARDS
Set goals and reward yourself. I recommend starting with a hamburger. Or a pint of that barrel aged deliciousness. But maybe it’s that Sean Gordon Murphy Kickstarter. Or Stephen King’s latest tome. Or a Faberge egg. Whatever it is, just don’t go hog wild for a small accomplishment. (Well, if you’re having a really hard time starting. Maybe splurge at first.) Overall, make your reward suit your goal.
CALL YOUR ACCOUNTANT
Or…well, be accountable. Find someone you trust but who kicks @$# and ask them to hold you to your goals. You know who I’m talking about. Yeah, HER. Or HIM, maybe. Accountability is the name of the game folks so pick someone who gets things done. And get your stuff done. Or else prep yourself for their boot.
If you’re going to procrastinate, at least, redirect your energy. Putting off that illustration because you don’t know where it’s going? Do some research. Network online. Write a blog post. (I might be doing
this one right now…) There’s a lot of integral parts to achieving your goals, whatever they may be. The important part is that you’re moving forward.
So that’s it! I’d love to hear any thoughts or suggestions you might have about how I’m the biggest boneheaded blogger you’ve ever seen in the comments section. Or links to robots fighting. Robots rock. Well, that’s it for now. Until next week, go forth and Unleash the Havoc of your talent upon the world.