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    Red face Waiting till the last minute.

    Due to the fact that I dont know if anyone that this affects is a member of these forums, im not gonna give out too much detail.

    Im one of those people who wait till the last minute. I know this is a very bad trait for a person who aspires to be working with deadlines. I just find it very hard to get started right off the bat. I had a "portfolio" to do for admission to "college." Of course i waited till i only had about 3 weeks untill it was due. I finished it on time though, and the "administrators" liked my "stuff" alot. Well one of the "administrators" gave me some "busy work" to do by my next "visit." Once again I only started it last week and im going down "there" very "soon."

    My question would be if some of you out there were like this, how did you break that bad habbit of waiting so long? How can I get myself motivated to work? I enjoy doing the "busy work" I just cant get started. Any advice, stories, tips, threats, words would be greatly appriciated. Thanks.
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    Is this some kind of sexual euphemism?



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    stop being "lazy"

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    Umm, willpower mate. You know the problem now sit down and fix it, get to work instead of posting.

    Or you could hit yourself with a hammer everytime you procrastinate, that would fix ya!

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    In grade 7 we had a science project that I procrastinated on. I missed the premiere of futurama because of it and was up until 1am that night. Haven't majorly procrastinated since, always liked going to bed at my normal time with the satisfaction that my work for the day was done. Sounds like you have plenty of time though, i don't know what the big deal is.

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    I think your problem is that your life is made up mostly of "these".

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    I used to be hooked on airquotes, man. Trust me..don't let it take over your life. I used to be a lawyer.

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    stop quoting everything you write and just "do" "it", brother.

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    get an apartment and live on your own. Dont ask for money from anyone but yourself. You will learn real quick how much motivation you need to get something done. Its either that or starve...
    Keep your dream alive - Feed it daily!

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    had that habit too.. broke it very fastly through making my work room look more inspiring..

    an armour here, a few weapons there, computerprints of my fav CA art on the wall (the fall is FULL of them) a board with my best works on the other wall (makes you realise you never are quite "there" yet) accompanied by a "to do"-list and up to date prints of my bank account (realising you will end up broke at the end of the the month if you dont work tends to be the best motivation).

    Another good way to force yourself to work is to unplug your tv and dvd player, hide all your entertainment (dvds, videos, games etc) in a big box and delete anything that resembles entertainment from your computer (except music of course). In the end you should just end up in an enviroment that literally forces you to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BuckWeisel
    ...the "administrators" liked my "stuff" alot. Well one of the "administrators" gave me some "busy work" to do by my next "visit."... and im going down "there" very "soon."
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    In contests, I normally wait 'til the last minute because it gives me more time to work on the project, and no one can steal my ideas... in theory.

    As far as working on the projects, it is obvious we have more time for other things at first. The creative process also takes time for you to be developing the idea, in your head, and how it will be presented. I spend a lot of time, while working, just studying what I've done and asking myself how I can change it, to make it better. I need to start doing more predrawings and concepts... Anyway, maybe you are just "waiting for the right moment." Ideas normally flow better for me in the end than they do in the begining. Good art takes time.

    If you really are waiting 'til the last minute, without even thinking about the project, then you may want to look into "time management." Designate an alotted time during your daily activities to work on it, everyday. Heh, I need to do this with my guitar. So, I'm going to have to stop myself from giving further advice now.

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    i put post it notes on the things that would distract me from doing the thing i was supposed to. Note on the TV "You should be working", note on the computer "you should be working" etc. Eventually my own guilt made me get to a point where I would bust it out early so I could coast until the deadline.
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    Oh, man, I was giggling at the number of quotes in that post until I read Elwell's comment and then kippers shot out my nose!

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    darkwolfb87 posted this in the advice thread and its so true:

    Parkinson's law: "Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion."

    Now stop messing around and go do you work, now.
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