Procrastination vs. Creativity

Grant Snider posed, a very important question on twitter that I thought was beneficial to address in another thought provoking post. The topic of procrastination when it comes to writing can be a helpful for anyone analyze especially those who are interested in creating anything.

As a writer Procrastination is one of the most unproductive hindrances to making deadlines and getting things done. Even tasks that are of minimal importance are avoided  in the state of procrastination. Loathing towards completing certain tasks ensues and often precedes the avoidance to complete them.

Yet, despite the unfavorable and often unwanted consequences of slowing momentum of productivity to procrastinate it seems the seductive call to delay activity for later often becomes an appealing choice. However, its in the state of such delay we see how creativity can be delayed from its realization. Procrastination not only can ultimately kill creativity it can prevent you from reaching your desired goals.

So, then this inclination towards delay leads us to ask an important question. What often is the cause of this delay to creative productivity? Sometimes it our own thirst for perfectionism that keeps of from completing our most cherished desires too.

Perfectionism role as a prerequisite practice to Procrastination is evident when it comes to completing certain creative tasks. Rooting out our need to be perfect and to do things perfectly can aide in preventing procrastination, especially when it comes to creative activities such as, writing.

Perfectionism to Procrastination=Nothing Getting done.


Perfectionism is a crippling state that holds you to a standard that causes you to be more critical of yourself and your ability to complete quality creative works. sometimes, our own negative self talk can keep is from reaching our goals leading us to procrastinate. Maybe you have mentioned some of the below statements in the hostile state of perfectionism,

“I have to make what I’m writing perfect.”

“I’ve got to watch my spelling, grammar, structure.”

“This has to be perfect!”

The end result after the chase for perfectionism is the numbing  realization that, ” I want to to be perfect, it’s not perfect yet.” So then procrastination is born and we decide to carry on with other tasks other than returning to the creative act.

In order to conquer the desire to be perfect that desire must be replaced with an even stronger desire to just create despite the threat of imperfection.

“There is no perfection, only beautiful versions of brokenness.”
Shannon L. Alder

By releasing ourselves of preconceived standards our creativity we can bloom and become the most beneficial to our progress. Therefore, progress not perfectionism is the preferred productive aspiration essential to implementing authentic creativity.

Bottom Line: Make progress even if its less than perfect.

“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won’t have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren’t even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they’re doing it.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life


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2 thoughts on “Procrastination vs. Creativity

  1. littleaprilshower June 17, 2016 — 9:43 am

    I too am a victim of procrastination! This quote basically sums up my life: “Perfectionism leads to paralysis, which leads to procrastination”

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