The Top 10 Favorite Procrastination Techniques Of Creative Artists

Author : Adam Shafqat | Published On : 02 Mar 2021

Procrastination is one of the biggest ways we limit our creativity and prevent ourselves from creating more deeply, more often.

But how many ways do you procrastinate without even realising you're procrastinating? The first steps in learning how to beat procrastination are admitting that you procrastinate, then looking at the ways and the times you're most likely to.

So here to help you identify that most devious and elusive of creativity killers, and in no particular order, are the top 10 favourite procrastination techniques of creative artists:

1. Checking your email.

This has become more and more prevalent in recent times as most of us now have multiple email accounts. Constantly checking every few minutes "just in case" you've received an email of utmost importance, means you never get in the flow of creating.

2. Watching television.

An old favourite. Now with so many channels and the availability of pre recorded shows on DVD and other formats, it's all too easy to snuggle down for "just one episode" of your favourite show, only to surface hours later having watched 4 or 5.

3. Reorganising.

Of course you can't create in these conditions, your paints have got out of colour order, and your brushes aren't lined up in ascending size. You need to spend at least half hour and hour reorganising them all before you can create ANYTHING. Sound familiar?

4. Sleeping.

Of course we all need to sleep each day. But when that "5 more minutes" becomes 30 or 60 as a way of avoiding getting up and creating, it's time you admitting you're using sleep to procrastinate.

5. Shopping.

Shopping for the perfect cutting board, or a new set of paints (especially when you already have a range of 200+) is a common way to procrastinate. Create with what you have, it's all you need.

6. Reading.

Books can be a wonderful source of learning and inspiration. But if you only ever READ about creativity, instead of getting creative with your own projects, you're really just using reading as another way to procrastinate.

7. Cleaning.

Just as you go to create, you notice a thin layer of dust on a nearby bookshelf. How can you possibly concentrate with THAT there? Cleaning one shelf leads to another and before you know it, an hour's passed and you've cleaned shelves you'd forgotten you even HAVE...

8. "Essential" Research.

Research can be invaluable and keep you inspired and informed, but when you're spending 3 hours every day online searching for that perfect guide to beating procrastination, you might want to stop and think about what you're doing.

9. Internet surfing.

Again this is something that's become easier than ever to do. Genuine research, seeking creative inspiration or catching up with your online creative community is all good in moderation. But if it's ALL you're doing and never creating, it's simply another way of procrastinating.

10. Preparing and eating food.

How many times have you sat down to create and thought "I think I'm hungry, I'd better make a snack now otherwise I won't be able to concentrate on creating"? Of course we all need to eat, but how often do you do this when you're not really that hungry at all?

So, which of these top 10 procrastination habits do you recognise?

The first steps to overcoming procrastination are admitting that you do it, and identifying the times and the ways you're most likely to procrastinate.