Turning Procrastination Into Vorfreude…

There’s just over two days to go before I take part, for the second time, in the Melbourne (Derbyshire) Arts and Architecture Trail (14/15 September), I think I am just about sorted; everything is named, priced, labelled, wrapped and added to my inventory… I have my checklist of ‘stuff’ to take; tablecloths, browsers, easels, bubble wrap etc…and the all important coffee, tea…lunch… It’s just the last minute things such as charging up my card payment machine…(fingers crossed that it is needed!!) that remain to be done…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist
Selection of works I am taking to the Melbourne Festival

….and with everything apparently ticked off my to-do list, I finally have some time…and I feel as if I should be painting…but am hesitating…the nerves are beginning to jangle, that critical voice in my head is getting into it’s stride;  ‘Do I want to start anything new?’, ‘What if nothing sells? What’s the point of making more..?’…’You’re not good enough…’ – so I procrastinate…

‘Fear stops a lot of people. Fear of

failure, of the unknown, of risk.

And it masks itself as procrastination,’

Lisa Anderson

…but, but, it’s taken me a while, but I am beginning to learn what to do to help me get over my dithering… (obviously I am a slow learner…) The critical voice is still there, but to paraphrase Elizabeth Gilbert, ‘it might have come along as a passenger on my journey, but it has to sit in the backseat and be quiet…I am driving’…and I hate backseat drivers!! I also know that if I go to my workspace, supposedly just to do a little tidying up, this will eventually have me reaching for the nearest pencil, charcoal or whatever medium is closest at hand, and experimenting, mark making…and before I know it, I am ‘creating’… not masterpieces, or anything worthy of framing, but the very fact I have ‘done something’, that I have worked out how to overcome my procrastinating is priceless…

And that’s what happened this morning, and eventually, after a little faffing around, I carried on with my acrylic exploration…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

…still channelling wild weather…thinking of waves crashing on rocks…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

…and added a little more to these ones I started a while ago…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

These are the ones I prefer, but I am trying hard not to have expectations or become precious about them…

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

Carolyn J Roberts Artist

I also find that leaving work out in the studio that excites me, that I have enjoyed exploring, is also another way of overcoming my procrastinating…and before I know it, I am itching to get on with creating, experimenting…

‘You don’t have to have it all figured out

to move forward,’


I don’t profess to have all the answers but that is how I turn procrastination into vorfreude; I wrote about this in an earlier post, so I really should have taken my own advice…as I said, I am a slow learner…

How do you overcome procrastination? Do let me know…all advice gratefully received…

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The weather is looking good for the weekend at the moment so hopefully there will be lots of visitors to the Festival…if you do go, please pop into the Assembly Rooms on the High Street and say hello!!






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