I read an article once in the Wall Street Journal about being a better procrastinator. Apparently creative types often fall into this category, but you might be getting more done than you think. Go have a read.
I’m a procrastinator, but a very productive one. While I’m avoiding those deadlines I’m generally producing something new.
This cycle isn’t bad, it works for me. As I complete those new projects I have a feeling that I’ve accomplished something, even tidying up after steps me ahead, energizing me to tackle something small on that procrastinated abandoned project.
Of course when I procrastinate I spend some time daydreaming about new projects, being inspired by color and pattern around me,
and make new piles that I have no business making.
But even those baby steps help move me along. Think small steps, two quilt backs made, two quilts quilted, but then I stall and the squaring and binding will have to wait because I really need to make some fabric buckets right? There is probably some fabric I need to shop for too, because I might run out.
Oh, and not unlike the others I hang out with, I like to stare at fabric and move it around, so the cycle actually does come full circle, because I’ve been procrastinating these two quilts forever and they need to be done before I go to Portland in October to visit their Modern Quilt Guild and teach a workshop. I’m actually a little happy to see them up there and since I have two other things I should be doing first they might actually get some action.
So there, I finally got out the blog post that I’ve been procrastinating by procrastinating those bindings I need to do.
So who’s a productive procrastinator too?
I’ve been holding onto one set of 6″ charm squares left from my blue destash for myself, but it’s time to destash it too! I had over 70 blue prints that I cut, many are out of print. If you are looking to add some blue to your fabric buffet I’m destashing these at $48 each, plus US flat rate shipping. Just shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you follow on Instagram that’s usually where my destashes are. Boys prints and greens are next and then black and whites.
Very cute….I have piles of procrastination.
I was just thinking about you.
yup that’s me!
I’m not an over productive procrastinator, but I do procrastinate in almost every area of my life. I start one project and get side railed by an idea or something I have seen on IG, blogs….if I have a deadline, then I can see it through to completion pretty darn quick. But, I hate deadlines, I like taking my time and see where things will take me.
I totally fall into that category too… Procrastination should be my middle name! Hehe!
me too! 😉
Robin Denning says
You always have such inspiring photos of your work in progress. I think quilting is making me a procrastinator. I have sewn mostly clothing for ages and its a very different creative process. One of the things I enjoy about my new quilting hobby is having several unfinished projects. Each one needs to marinate a little while.
Katie!! Brilliant post. I’m right there with ya, working on new things today instead of the long list of things that have deadlines. I totally identify! Have fun procrastinating 😀
Katie…..great post. I like the association that procrastination may be linked with are efforts to achieve perfection. We all have moments of procrastination.. I love that Orange Quilt top amazing!!! Also the other goodies that you showed in the pics. Big jobs get done a little bit at a time!
Yup…that’s me, exactly.
In The Boon Docks says
Me, oh me! But I do get things done, little by little! Great post!
Daria J Karp Sislow says
I’ve have 3 quilts that I’ve done major procrastinating on in getting the binding on them. My goal for this holiday weekend is to get at least one of the done. ?
Me! Me! While ideas simmer about what I need to be doing, I am thinking of something I’d rather create- so I do then come back to the other deadline. Thanks for sharing! Off to read the article.
I guess I would qualify. The similarities cannot be denied any longer!! Even your stacks of fabric contain some of my pieces!! It’s ok, though, cuz we’re creative!!!! LOL!!
Laurelle C says
Yes! this is me too. I have finished, washed, quilts drying , one, half quilted in sewing machine, one in line, basted, waiting to be quilted & a pile of carefully chosen fabric’s with a drawing on graph paper of next idea! When I procrastinate at a certain point in the quilt making process it’s because I’m not happy with it and have to change what I’m doing until I am. Otherwise I’m not happy with end product. So procrastination is a good thing! It gives you time to think. I just start something else in between thinking 🙂
Great post and I’m thinking most of us can relate!
If I was a superhero, I would be The Procrasinator!
What is it with this August I thought belonged to me? Its been a train of one thing after another, with lots of procrastination, juggling, emerging new work, and of course…video games.
Thanks for your post with all your new ideas and the procrastination link: I never knew I was one, but after reading the article I know it.
stacy hurt says
If it weren’t for procrastinating my “next” quilt project: my house would never get tidied up. (Currently there are 7 projects all with deadlines). Hooray for the mundane for therein surely lies the path to creativity!
Denim jeans says
Nice and informative post, Procrastination rocks :p
This is me! Little bits here and there all the time…helps to know I’m not the only one…. LOVE your quilts on the wall.
Rachel at Stitched in Color says
What a great post, Katie! I am naturally an anti-procrastinator, but I too have seen it’s benefits at times. I love that you shared this perspective here!
I try to harness it for good…sometimes works at home, but rarely at work. Ah, the internet.