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Are there more than 4 ways to {avoid} feed {ing} your creative soul?

Are you doing things to feed your creative soul?

Or are you putting them off? If you’re not doing something to feed that soul then stop, right now, and ask yourself why.


Have you joined the PPSNA (Professional Procrastinators Society of North America)? C’mon recruiting is down and they need more members. I know it can wait until tomorrow but why wait when you can join today? Do you need a carrot? Or a stick? Hey, I hear they are now giving away 6 months free with a 1 year commitment. Is that enough for you? If you don’t join you will be left behind. The worst fear, all raw and exposed, of the go getter that you are.

Are you being left behind?

Still not, huh? Well then, you are one tough negotiator. A tough cookie.

Well, for those who are more like me and who have some unfinished projects on their plates that never ever seem to get closer to the finish line here are some ways to alleviate the pressure and move on. The way to “be the ball” so to speak. To get on with it. Just do it. Cliché, cliché, cliché.

First of all revoke that PPSNA membership. No, don’t let it lapse…….Cancel it! I’ll wait……sound of fingers drumming on Formica table top……


Now how did that feel? Good, huh? Check the box on that item on your list. List? Yeah, you know that “dusty old, yellowing page so-old-that-the-ink-is-fading and the edges are curled” list of stuff to get done?

Do you smell something……I just burned mine (puff of smoke).

It felt good too. That damn thing didn’t do me any good anyway.

So, here we go. This is as much for me, if not more, than you. Hey, what is it that saying? “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Can you see what I am doing here? Doesn’t it just piss you off? Can’t he just get on with it already? Well, the great thing about writing (and reading) is that you can just skip ahead and avoid the entire load of BS unless, just maybe, there is something interesting in all these words.

Well? Not the case here though, huh?

Ok, ok, enough. Here we go for sure this time.

But first, why do we diverge? How do you decide what you are doing provides value? Are you just filling time with easy stuff? What stops you from doing the things that really need to get done? Is it because it’s difficult, because you are easily distracted, it’s just so damn boring or you are simply afraid to take that critical step?

As frustrated with me as you might be you have to admit these questions plague us all.

So, finally, here are those long awaited tips to avoid putting things off.

Break something.

Break difficult tasks down into manageable chunks. Keep them short and to the point. If it’s a big “to do” break it down to smaller deliverables which makes it a lot easier to see the end of the road. After a while the big “to do” is no longer that big and it gets done. Check off those chunks and discard those to do’s. It feels so good to put them to bed one after another. Feel the rhythm. Feels good, huh?

Make a date with yourself.

Yep, you and only you brothers and sisters. Cleave off time to be with yourself. Set aside time to get some of those routine tasks completed in order to leave room for the ones that provide you with real value. Turn off those detractors; email, phone, TV, internet or whatever your “entertainment fix” might be. You can go back to it later. None of it is going anywhere. Focus on that date. Pay attention and just go get the job done.

Empty your head.

Onerous or routine tasks take up a lot of room in there and when they occupy your mind there’s really no room for the stuff that really matters to you. Yes sir, we all have routine and yes, some of that routine is onerous. That’s part of life and another part of life is to stop whining about them and get them done. See the value in getting them done. Once they’re complete they’re not bouncing around in that bean of yours anymore. Ahhhh……the clear sweet sound of clarity. Peace be with you my son.

Be Attila the Hun.

Not literally. That would be bad. But how about those fears? You could go all Attila the Hun on those suckers. Conquer those fears. Confront the issues that are holding you back. Don’t talk to them or console them. Talk to someone else about them. They will help you see that they are small and insignificant. Grab your sabre, sickle, or flail and slay those fears. Forget them. Discover that the hold they have on you is insignificant and when you do find the value in the task. Find and understand the value and you will be on your way.

That’s it.

Deliberately short list filled with value because identifying value is where it’s at to avoid that nasty procrastination bug.

Why? Two reasons.

What more do you need? And maybe you have a few of your own to share.

So, do you?


About rdopping

interior design guy who loves other stuff; social media, photography, film, food and anything that is good for the growth of the self


10 thoughts on “Are there more than 4 ways to {avoid} feed {ing} your creative soul?

  1. Love it! Really wise tips there, Ralph, and the neverending humor that puts a smile on my face everytime I read your blog 🙂

    Posted by Gisele Navarro Mendez | May 18, 2012, 09:33
    • You are so welcome Gisele. You are a valued friend. Thanks so much for reaching out and i owe you a response to your email. I assume your life is as busy as mine which is no excuse but still a factor. Have a great weekend.

      Posted by rdopping | May 18, 2012, 14:14
  2. I feed my creative soul every day: I would never let it starve! And no PPSNA for me, my friend:) Cool tips. And you always make me laugh, which is a good thing:) Cheers! Kaarina

    Posted by Kaarina Dillabough (@KDillabough) | May 18, 2012, 10:05
    • Yeah, I bet even more now than ever, huh? It’s so nive to hear that I can put a smile on someone’s face. Great stuff. Hey, I am glad the tips are cool. I am trying them out day after day and they seem to be working for me. Better be since I am selling them as “the way.” Anyhow, hope your creative writing is progressing and hope you enjoy this first long weekend. Thanks for popping by and for your comments.

      Posted by rdopping | May 18, 2012, 14:17
  3. I am working like an insane person through the month of May in order to take all of June OFF — to sleep, rest, re-charge, refresh. I also plan to finish my book proposal. Nothing happens until or unless we make it a priority.

    Posted by broadsideblog | May 18, 2012, 14:32
    • Wow, sounds awesome and good luck. Agreed, until such time we choose to prioritize something we are simply kidding ourselves that we are making progress. I have learn and relearn that fact continuously. There are some great tools to keep productivity but before anything else happens we need to choose what is important and literally dump the rest.

      Thanks for your thoughts here. Appreciated.

      Posted by rdopping | May 21, 2012, 13:38
  4. Great post Ralph! Love the cartoon to get the right brain going. Keep it up!

    Posted by Curtis Marshall | May 19, 2012, 08:45
  5. Hi Ralph! Here after so long! Was away for a friends wedding and Indian wedding can be long!

    Back to the topic; well, I feel just going ahead and doing it is all that one needs. I have been giving these gym examples too many now but then I have been working out regularly and I am bound to think that way! Its like thinking about weight loss and being fit and shedding flab…you can think and plan and think over all you can; but unless you go and actually workout nothing really happens!

    Posted by Hajra | May 20, 2012, 15:14
    • Hajra, thanks so much for popping by. For some reason your comments ended up in my spam folder. Darn wordpress (I always blame them). I am moving to a self-host platform soon so the problems should subside.

      I hear you with other committments. I am just back from a few days away of rest. The last few weeks of work have been a bit stressful. Thanks for your comments. I totally agree and for some reason I tend to use the exercising analogy a lot too. In fact my post for tomorrow is centered around stress management and delegation and I am using exercise as a lead in. Hmmm…..

      Yep, you nailed it for sure. If you don’t get on with it then there’s no use to you at all. I think Catlin mentioned that above too and I’m glad because my points were centered around finding ways to manage flow and ditch the reduandancies. Glad that you are back blogging and visiting. I really appreciate you stopping by here.

      Posted by rdopping | May 21, 2012, 13:48

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