Whether you’re contemplating a self-initiated project or embarking on new work for a client, sometimes the hardest part comes right away. Even when it’s the work you love, when it’s a craft you’ve built a life around, just getting started can feel impossible. Sure, we’re professionals. We’ve made it through the phone calls, we have some sort of end goal outlined, we have a deadline set, but then the actual doing part is where things can slow down. Personally, I have been sitting on this paragraph for like, 20 minutes, then took a break to read this post instead.
There is a creative sweet spot that kicks in when you’re excited about a project, and sometimes you just can’t turn it on at will. We’re talking about intangibles here. Getting started can take a little bit of tricking your brain by indulging its procrastination, letting it believe it’s won, all while secretly laying the groundwork to dive in and succeed. Continued below, some steps you can read while procrastinating (or gently pass along to someone who needs a small push). –Adam J. Kurtz
Advice is a tricky thing to give, because even “the experts” (and I’m definitely not one) don’t know you personally. You are your own expert, and the advice you give to others is often exactly what you need to hear yourself. PICK ME UP: A Pep Talk For Now & Later is the guide you’ll write yourself to get through the dark parts.
Adam J. Kurtz (better known as ADAMJK) is an artist and author of 1 Page at a Time & Pick Me Up. His dark (but optimistic) humor comes to life in an offbeat line of gifts and small trinkets. Follow him at @ADAMJK or in real life (he lives in Brooklyn because of course he does).