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.