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PROCRASTINATION

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 5, 2012, 7:19 PM
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Procrastination... Being a sloth... it's a disease.

All of us struggle with it. On certain days you just don't feel like doing nothing at all. Other days you feel that you worked hard on something and that you're owed time-off for it. And there's that period where you KNOW you should've been working on something; after a lot of time have passed you eventually find yourself wondering WHY you even went along doing nothing for so long.

Don't Be a Sloth
We're not perfect creatures, it HAPPENS.

But being a procrastinator compared to being a hard-worker is a measure of how serious you take yourself.

If you have a regular 9-5, come home whether it's a long commute or short one, and then taking care of family matters (wife, kids, or parents), it can be pretty hard to keep yourself focused. That's a valid reason for struggling trying to stay focused on a creative project. Life is hard in that aspect. You're definitely a hard-worker in that regard. If you do all that and then work your butt off on your creative pursuits, then you're a mutha-effin' BOSS. If I could send you an ice cream truck full of Orange Push-Ups, I'd do it just for being such a BOSS.

But 9:10, it's not usually the case, is it not?

I've had moments where I overworked myself hard and then just burnt myself out. That's prone to happen as well. It was basically a failure to pace myself. And once you're burned out, it's hard to even get back in the loop. It's like working up a combo so high in that beat-em up game you love playing (or whatever game that has a system where you're working something up) and then dropping the combo. You lose all your bonuses, all your perks, etc. You just... don't feel like working that combo back up... You get discouraged, turn the game off, don't attempt for a lonnng while, right?

I know the feeling.

That's fine when that happens, just slowly work your way up back to that heat level and it's all good.

Unfortunately, some people just procrastinate heavily though, without really working hard. I have a buddy who wants to get so much done, but he still lives at home with his folks, don't really have a job, and spends time gaming all day. He's clearly recognized as an adult (albeit a young one) too, like 25, yet he's a Lvl. 86 Freeloader. That's a neat job class, don't get me wrong. But it'll never get you anywhere.

I have a few other friends that want to get things done as well, one wants to finish writing a book, another wants to make more progress on their game, and a few want to start on a comic and finish a good chunk of it, but they're not taking the necessary steps to make that happen, no matter what's going on in their lives. Some of them are busy, and some of them are just plain lazy.

You have 24 hours in a day. We're already gonna deduct 8 hours for sleep purposes, right? Right. (6 hours, if you're hardcore.) Leaves you with 16 hours. For those who go to work, you have 7-8 hours in your day left. Say if you spend half of that remaining time to deal with family or whatever when you get home. That STILL leaves you with 4 hours. 4 hours x 5 days a week = 20 hours. That's 20 hours towards whatever you need to get done or what project you're trying to complete.

And if you don't live under those particular circumstances, and time is more lenient on you, then you really should have NO excuse, even if it's 3 hours left in your day = 15 hours a week (and whatever you allot on the weekend). If you're plugging your whole day dickin' around on games and TV and Youtube and Twitter and Tumblr and Facebook and such, then complaining about having so much to do, then you are acting like a moron.

You should not be juggling recreational activities and timing for someone to throw the "creative" ball within your juggling session.

Seriously, get a schedule system going and keep to it. It's the only way you'll stay productive. If you're worried about your project being crappy and art coming out subpar, just keep doing it and move on. You can go back and fix it later once you find the problem. You don't want to kill the buzz. Your creative/project/art workload should NEVER outweigh your recreational activities. Things should always be done in moderation.

Again, it's good to have that day once every blue moon where you just lounge out and pig out and hermit yourself to your heart's content, but don't go overboard.

That's my two cents on this subject.

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sugarkittens Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
Thank u for writing this! This would really get people to pay attention of their lives instead of just staring at the computer for the whole day (which i wish i could do) and complain when they're not. It's really hard but that's why u have to try and get a routine going and then it's a habit. Anyways, thank u again.
-Minly
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FcomBaT Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Student Filmographer
its all a mental thing. you can make time for yourself to be productive, any of us can, even if your with family, sketch them. if its your passion you have to keep doing it.
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MatiasSoto Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Some time ago I read an article about the seven deadly sins, and their original meaning. It was very informative since it really separated what was sin or just normal human traits(and there it became quite obvious why pride is the worse, mainly because is the most common on people) .Though I'm not religious, about Sloth, it had an interesting side I've never considered before.

It said that Sloth, was fundamental a violation of God's principle of love, by not loving yourself. That people was basically lazy because they didn't love them and by an extension of that, didn't love anything. And without love there was no drive, and people just lay there, letting their lives abandoned, just passing trough their lives without putting heart to anything and ultimately waiting to Death catch them. Being an empty shell and selfishly rejecting all love and passion. It's is a deadly sin because in essence though the person wasn't doing evil they are actively (by being inactive) are rejecting all love and meaningful life.
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Robaato Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Interesting look on that... Never heard of it being that way, though it makes sense. Thanks for that lil' bit of info on this topic! :D
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MatiasSoto Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome man. Since I found that pretty interesting too it's good to share it :)
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Walum Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey man, good article/ blog you're wrote there. Some of the lines did describe my current situation, and believe me i'm not proud of it (not beating myself too much though, did that in the past).

Thanks for sharing out your thought, it nice to let other people aware and how to organised the time better.

Peace,
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Robaato Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, we're never proud of things/vices we once had, it's natural dude. :)

And no problem, glad that people are enjoying my viewpoints on matters like these. :nod:
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MREcartoonist Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It comes down to priorities really. Spending time with your family, and keeping up with responsibilities should always come before hobbies. And that's where it can get hard to find the time to practice. But for those that do nothing all day and then bitch about sucking at art and blah blah blah, they are going to learn pretty fast that no one feels sorry for them.
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Robaato Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
^^^^ THIS.
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RoBoCrois Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
This one is hard for me. About a year ago, I was the very description you used to open with; hard working (well working at least, the job wasn't particularly hard), reasonably responsible adult. Then I had to leave my job due to a combination of my own mental illness, and disagreements with some of the shadier business practices my employer was doing (or rather having me do). No biggie, three to six months and I'll be back work at a bar or something. Then my father takes ill, and I have to move to Marietta GA to take care of his finances while he's laid up.

But now my father is better, and back at work. And while I still find lots of time to draw, and expand my creative repertoire (my color work is coming along nicely, I think), I still can't help feeling like a loaf sometimes. I mean I'm searching for work of any kind, and calling back on my job apps as often as I can without crossing the harassment border. Sometimes it just feels like a the weighting game, and I'm not one known for being able to sit still long.

Then there is the whole bipolar thing. Some days are filled with mania where I stay up for days on end drawing, playing games, watching movies, reading books in addition to whatever my dad might want me to do for him. Basically bouncing off walls looking for things to do. Then comes the depression side to things where I just stay in bed and pretty much sleep, waiting for the fog to lift. I hate those days.

I suppose the song Do I Stay or Do I Go? by The Clash is probably a good theme song for me.

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