It’s hard to write sometimes (or do anything creative) if you’re a control freak. And when it comes to my work, procrastination is usually the way my “inner control freak” comes out to play.
In the counseling/social work fields, which is where I started out working, there was no room for an “inner control freak.” You can’t control other people’s actions and needs. But procrastination often wasn’t acceptable either. The people I would be supporting usually had emergent or at least urgent needs–they didn’t have time to wait around while I debated and created a plan of action that would set them on the right track. I had to assess what was needed and figure out to get those needs met.
Creativity is not like that at all. I want my creative actions to be perfect, which is why I procrastinate writing these blog posts every once in a while. Oddly enough, procrastination is sometimes part of the creative process. Ideas have a chance to roll around and percolate in my brain. They become more developed and fleshed out.
This is still a learning process for me. Do you have rituals as part of whatever your creative process is? I’d love it if you’d comment and share with me.