THE STARTUP ARTIST – 002 – THE PROCRASTINATION POLICE

Published by Nick Welch on

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.

GO GREEN

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.


Nick Welch

Nick is loudmouthed storm of havoc working on a number of projects that will see the light of day sooner or later. In the meantime, he's writing motivational and inspirational articles for sequential artists and writers.

5 Comments

Mike sikes · September 4, 2016 at 7:21 pm

Excellent points, I am most definitely a procrastinator.
I really like the idea of goal setting.

Nick Welch · September 4, 2016 at 7:42 pm

Thanks, Mike!! Making goals and sticking to them, it’s the difference between winners and whatever I am right now. :/

Neru · September 4, 2016 at 10:13 pm

Doessomeart. Do you have a mascot by any chance? Loving the premise of Unleashing Havoc. And the Accountant. I’m telling you, the way you write this could be a comic!

HollyDae · September 6, 2016 at 8:19 pm

I just wish I could find an accountable accountability partner, lol. Most of the people that I could ask to keep me accountable are about as reliable as I am (or about as lenient), but I know there has to be a way. I did a comic for a whole year once, which is a big deal for me, all because I knew there were a couple people who were actually reading it. Maybe not perfect accountability, but the knowledge that you might disappoint a reader can be motivating (at least for me).

Nick Welch · September 6, 2016 at 8:26 pm

Not wanting to disappoint a reader is what compelled me to respond to you right now! So that’s very real! And it’s definitely difficult to find someone to keep you accountable. I’m still searching for someone myself! Just don’t quit Holly, you’ll get there.

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