If you have been following my blog, you will see that I have been pulling material from Jill Badonsky’s excellent book, The Muse Is In. The “Duhs” in all their glorious reasonableness, are things we know we should do, but don’t necessarily act on when it comes to nurturing our creative expression.
Duh #2 deals with procrastination—and we all know what that looks and sounds like: “Oh, I’ll start that tomorrow; Oops, I don’t have the right color of red to paint with right now; Oh my goodness, my schedule is so full for the next two weeks—how can I possibly find time to begin that collage?” And so our creative projects lie there, languishing, lonely, feeling utterly abandoned, wondering where we have gone.
Jill offers us a couple of quotes to help us chuckle at a behavior that many of us recognize.
From J. R. R. Tolkien: “It’s a job that’s never started that takes the longest to finish.”
From Will Rogers: “Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
So how do we stop…stalling…and start “starting”?
Jill, who is the founder and director of Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching suggests that we begin by pointing ourselves in the direction of our Creative Adventure and taking a step. Then another step. Then another, one small step at a time. Little steps lead to bigger steps. They are manageable. We can do them. We can fit them in. And the funny thing is that they are happily addictive. Once we start a little something, we just might find ourselves liking doing that little something so much that we simply can’t tear ourselves away from it. We are hooked. Goodbye, Procrastination.
So here’s what that might look like… Okay, I’m going to start that collage. First, I’m going to choose a magazine and put it on the table in front of me. Next, find the scissors and put them on top of the magazine. Now it’s time to return some emails. Hmmm…there’s that magazine with the scissors on top of it. Let me just flip a few pages over. Wow, look at that cool lion. I think I’ll cut that out. And how about this picture of a winding river! Would the lion like to lie next to that on my collage? And, oh! Look at this photo of a gorgeous orchid! What if I…?
Get the picture? One little step at a time.
In these blogs, I want to celebrate work from people who are dedicated to the creative process. Please enjoy Pat Finley’s beautiful art posted here. Pat’s prolific output of work is a great example of what procrastination doesn’t look like.
Patricia J Finley
Abstract Resin Artist
And here is Jill Badonsky's website: themuseisin.com