So I am always saying how I work better under pressure, that I do my best work when it’s at the last minute (I am talking about schoolwork here, not in my day-to-day job, I’m actually on top of things there), and other statements that allow me to look cool/smart when in fact I am just really crappy at getting projects started. Generous lead time doesn’t help – I will just find other things to do until there is just enough time left to get a fire under my rear and do my work.
I really don’t know if this is a natural thing for me or if it is just a product of bad habits cultured during highschool/college/grad school. I guess the fact that I really, honestly do seem to do my best work at the last minute when I write papers and do pretty much anything creative is probably not helpful in being motivated to change those habits. I do hear others say that they also seem to have better focus and more creativity in a time pressured situation, so I know it’s not just me.
Things have started to change now that I am doing projects in design, because I really need more time to reflect on things and brainstorm ideas, so if you count that part of the process, I guess I don’t wait as long to begin as I used to. And once I have an idea I really like, I get itchy to sit down and make it real. Maybe my work habits have started to carry over into my school world?
Admittedly, part of the reason I am doing this whole 365 challenge is, in fact, to force myself to be more consistent when it comes to developing creative content. It turns out, however, to be a really useful distraction when I am not “feeling it” regarding my schoolwork. So, I guess I should just post my items that I *somehow* stumbled upon while making a collage and get back to work. =)
I saw this first and it made me laugh, as well as inspire this post:
How To Procrastinate « Thought Catalog.
And that, in turn, reminded me of this video which I saw a few months ago and still cracks me up:
So, internetland, do you feel like you do your best work when you are under pressure? Or do you prefer to have plenty of time to work and get things done with time to spare?