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Break Free from Procrastination: Unlock Your Artistic Brilliance

Break Free from Procrastination: Unlock Your Artistic Brilliance

Mastering Decision-Making: Empowering Artists to Overcome Procrastination

Are you struggling with indecision, procrastination, and the challenge of finishing your artwork? We've all been there. While throwing a dart at a dartboard might sound tempting, let's explore more effective strategies to get organised, inspired, and productive.

I'm currently caught in the dilemma of having an overwhelming workload and limited time, which is taking a toll on my painting. Two months behind schedule, with unfinished pieces meant for the busy season in the Cook Islands, art show projects, and an untouched commission, I find myself staring at blank canvases yearning to create. It's evident that I need a motivational kick to regain focus and prioritise effectively. So let's delve into the complexity of my situation and discover solutions to overcome procrastination.

yes-no - Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Here are some practical tips to help you Conquer Procrastination and Unleash Your Creative Potential:

Set Deadlines: 

Establish realistic deadlines for each stage of your artwork. Start by committing to sketching, preparing canvases, or completing specific elements. Breaking the process into manageable steps will ignite momentum.

Identify Procrastination Triggers: 

Reflect on the reasons behind your procrastination. For example, fear of failure, perfectionism, or constant distractions can hinder progress. Acknowledge these challenges and develop strategies to overcome them.

Eliminate Distractions:

  1. Create an environment conducive to concentration.
  2. Silence your phone, turn off the TV and computer, and minimise interruptions.
  3. Dedicate uninterrupted time solely to your artistic endeavours.

Divide and Conquer: 

Tackle the large, intimidating projects by breaking them down into smaller, and more manageable tasks. Then focus on one piece at a time, celebrating each accomplishment as you go.

Embrace Time Blocks: 

Instead of attempting marathon work sessions, try to work in shorter bursts of concentrated effort. Then allocate specific blocks of time and reward yourself with breaks or small rewards afterwards.

Enlist Some Support: 

Share your goals and progress with your friends, family, or colleagues who can help hold you accountable. Their encouragement and involvement can boost your motivation and help you stay on track.

And remember, procrastination only hinders your artistic journey. It's time to push past the barriers and make significant strides toward achieving your creative aspirations. I'm committed to completing my unfinished artwork and organising my project list according to priority. Join me now in embracing these strategies; together, we'll triumph over procrastination and thrive as artists.

Another issue we have as creatives is Blank Canvas Syndrome, why not read my article on that while you're here.

Why not also check out What Do Artists Wear? Is it a uniform or self expression?

Posted: Thursday 26 August 2010


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