I am a creative.
As a creative whose chief channel of expression is through writing, there’s nothing that bedevils creatives, which I haven’t suffered or for which I haven’t fallen. Procrastination, writer’s block, depression, imposter syndrome—you name it, I’ve had it.
Not going to lie, until recently, I was especially proud of that procrastination. I waved it like a badge whenever someone mentioned it.
“Eketi, how long does it take for you to finish a book?”
I’d giggle—kikiki—and with pride raising my shoulders like shoulder pads, I’d inform them that it took ten years for me to finish my first book.
Then a few days ago, someone sent me a quote by Elon Musk, in which he said, “If you give yourself thirty days to clean your home, it will take thirty days. But if you give yourself three hours, it will take three hours.”
Gbim! That’s how the quote hit in my chest.
I realised in that moment that over the years, I’ve learned to cuddle my bad habits and excuse my inconsistency and lack of discipline by sweeping it under the canopy of being a creative. I’m no different from someone who believes that because their star sign is a ram and Saturn danced galala around the moon on Monday, that’s why they can’t control their angry outbursts or can’t marry Mr X or Miss Y.
I’ve been mulling over this information, what it means for my life hereon. Just so I don’t overwhelm myself in a bid to make a change, I set a one-hour target for something small today. I finished in twenty minutes. The result was this post. I set another target and met it within time. I hope to set more targets and complete more tasks this week. Practice makes progress and perhaps, someday, procrastination will completely be a thing of the of the past for me.
In the meantime, tell me, what do you struggle with? Are you up for making small changes so you can do better? Reply in the comment section and let me know.
This Post Has 12 Comments
Ebere13 Sep 2021
Wow! Thanks. I procrastinate with planning my day, following through,learning my keyboard, etc. Time and targets! I think its time I made some changes. Thanks again
Eno13 Sep 2021
Emmanuel Nwazue13 Sep 2021
I actually procrastinate and wonder if there are tips on how to conquer it.
Eketi Ette15 Sep 2021
I’m still working on conquering mine. One thing I do is make a list and tick off items as I go. I love having a streak of completed tasks.
Itodo Anthony15 Sep 2021
Procrastination. I feel like I waste too much time too, and that is me being inefficient.
Chizzy24 Sep 2021
Mine is also procrastination and an unhealthy dose of self-doubt
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