I used to think I was a procrastinator. It was an idea I’d picked up somewhere because I was always putting things off.
If you ever find yourself going round in circles there are ways to break the pattern and re-start the creative process. But you won't do it by just thinking about , here are some things to DO.
We are adept at creatively obstructing ourselves in so may things we claim we'd like to do. The truth is (pause for dramatic effect by pointing out that lots of people are seeking the truth), you can start it today and complete it sometime later. You might even complete it today if you are very quick. It's all a question of the steps you take. It's not about 'being creative'.
If there’s a job that needs doing you can wait a long time for motivation, particularly when its a job you don’t really want to do. Wanting to do it, being ready and energised by the force of inspiration, spontaneous flashes of creativity and all the rest might happen. That’s a bonus, but not a requirement.
Proper worrying isn't a gift, nor is it something bestowed on a lucky few by genes, education or innate talent. To worry properly you need discipline and ambition. It requires commitment, it won't happen by itself.
Procrastination is often bandied about as implied criticism. I am calling for a new deal for delay, or a proposition for postponing things. Ed Milliband once spoke about Predators and Producers; those who do nothing and ‘take’ vs those who do something and ‘give’. To stay with the rhetoric of politics, I’m suggesting a third way, Procratination may be Nature’s way of saying ‘not yet’.