Updated: Jul 20
Part 2 of "Are You Just Procrastinating?"
It's easy to get get caught up in perfection and to hit creative roadblocks.
There are a few tactics that I use to combat creative fatigue, and procrastination.
One tactic is actually a mindset.
Learn to grow and foster a "Learning" mindset.
Understand that everything you do is ultimately an experiment.🔬 It's important to kick your thinking process into learning mode. You should never walk away thinking, "I failed." What makes a learning mindset so important?
Fear of failure is a key driver of procrastination. By thinking of learning instead of failing, you combat fear of failure.
Your assumptions are probably wrong.
Your audience will ultimately determine what's good and bad.
Testing multiple imperfect creative, copy, or whatever, at the same time will lead you to what works faster.
There Are Ways to Procrastinate without Procrastinating
I call this letting my thoughts "marinate." I am actively problem solving but it's all happening in my head. The "Ah HA!" moment can come from anywhere, so here are some activities that I do to try and jump start my brain:
🏃♂️ Exercise - Cardio is best for me. I have even solved calculus math problems on runs.
📝 Free writing or stream of consciousness writing. Literally start writing whatever you're thinking about.
If you're writing, write the 1st and last sentence of your piece.
📖 read. Read. READ!
🎶 Play music. This can be listening or actively playing an instrument or singing. I play the violin! 🎻
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