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Sheryl Garratt - 19 May 2016
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Procrastination: it's the enemy of creativity and and the opposite of fun. And after years of self-employment, working from home, you'd think I'd have beaten it.

This morning, I got up at 6am, meditated, wrote my morning pages - a creative habit I got from Julia Cameron's brilliant book The Artist's Way - and ate a healthy breakfast before going for a walk along the seafront. By 8am, I was at my desk, about to start creating a serious volume of content for Campfire Convention's beta testers to play with. But then... I struggled sizing a picture. While I was waiting for pixlr to work (it never did), I scanned the BBC's headlines. An hour later, I was reading about Adriana Huffington's sleep patterns. An hour after that, I was deep in a Tim Ferris podcast. By lunchtime, I still hadn't sized the picture, I'd written precisely 42 words, and I was filled with a familiar sense of self-loathing and already thinking about cancelling a trip to the cinema later so that I could catch up. 

Procrastination: it's the enemy of creativity and and the opposite of fun. And after years of self-employment, working from home, you'd think I'd have beaten it. 

I've recently started reading Wait But Why, a rather brilliant and often very funny blog about tech and all sorts of other random stuff by Tim Urban, who also happens to know an awful lot about procrastination. His TED talk 'Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator' is below, but the best version is on his blog, complete with daft drawings that oftem feel like he's seen inside my head. Click on this link to see Why Procrastinators Procrastinate. Read it and weep! 

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Graeme Holdaway

It was with a both relief and a realisation that I’m not alone that I reached the end of Tim Urban’s Ted talk on Procrastination. I resisted the urge to check out the next five Ted Talks and thought I should do something positive, like write this comment! Thanks for this, Sheryl.

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Pete Lawrence

Pixlr works well for me... very quick / useful way to enlarge images ..happy to talk you through it

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