“I’ll start tomorrow.” “Maybe I’ll start next week?” “I’ll do it when I feel like it.”
Hands up if you are guilty of using these phrases, I know I am.
Why is it we can’t start a task today? What exactly is stopping us from doing something extraordinary or simple?
What’s your excuse?
Above is just a few of the phrases that I have heard or used myself when it comes to following through with a task, be it personal matters such as:
- Allowing your creative juices to flow.
Or be it work related issues that affect your creativity such as:
I know there are a lot more areas in life where you probably choose to procrastinate over doing it this exact second. Here are a few reasons why I make excuses and how I’ve turned them around:
Laziness is one excuse for many.
The Oxford dictionary definition for laziness is the quality of being unwilling to work or use energy; you don’t feel like doing work and you’d rather watch TV or laze about in bed and once you let this affect one aspect of your life, other areas will follow suit. Laziness or being a couch potato can also have a harmful effect on your body, and these aspects will have the domino affect on your life, well-being and those around you.
To over come the feeling of being lazy, pin up a inspiring poster, or a motivating quote on your phone to get you to jump up and do something. If you want to go to the gym why not hang up a piece of clothing that you are willing to fit into for a particular event, or write a plan that you must commit to, and just for the sake of it try to go for a morning run. These things will further motivate you to go on to do something else.
There’s too much to do.
When there is an overload of work to do or when you have an idea that you think requires almost all your attention, just start small you’re bound to get more done this way, especially if you write out a plan or use a tool such as Wunderlist.
Not knowing what to do.
Not knowing what to do can lead you to doing other things; tasks that aren’t important, tasks that are not relevant to what you have to do and procrastinating. The simplest thing to do is ask!
There are too many people who are afraid of asking because they feel that they should know the answer to everything in the field of that they are working in. Join forums, read blogs, other people’s experiences, everything is at your disposal. Ask and you shall receive!
When leaving tasks relating to creativity and imagination till the next week, or tomorrow or whenever it is you want to leave it to, it could all be down to a creative block. As you are aware a creative block is “when your overflowing stream of inspiration, imagination and creativity is unable to be accessed because of various reasons.” this can happen at any moment of time and last from a few hours to a few weeks. Start reading the post and see if it can help you in any way.
“I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse.” Florence Nightingale
What’s your excuse now?