How to Start Drawing now | Overcome Procrastination

The biggest obstacle at learning a new skill such as

  • drawing,
  • playing music,
  • singing,
  • speaking a new language

is… “Never starting”. We need to overcome procrastination.

We feel like that “Resistance“.
Something that pulls us away from our goal or passion by making excuses.


“I start tomorrow! But…”

Have you ever told yourself: “I start tomorrow!”.
You even said that with enthusiasm. The desire was real! But…

But “Tomorrow” comes and you say “I start Tomorrow”.
Oops! again and again…

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Don’t worry, you don’t have to feel guilty.
This procrastination happens to any of us.

Let’s understand why.

When you want to start a project that matters to you,
your reptilian brain is warning you that you should stay in
your comfort zone to remain safe.

The danger is in the unknown.
But nowadays there are no more dinosaurs waiting for
you or me at the corner of a building. ; )

reptilian brain

The Reptilian brain tells us to remain safe in our comfort zone


Fear is an illusion

Fear is an illusion:

  • Fear of failing,
  • Fear of feeling ridiculous,
  • Fear of realizing we are not good enough.

This fear is present in anyone facing the artist’s procrastination. It could be at home or even at work for professional design projects.

But if there is no action, that’s for sure is: “Failing will be real”.
By not starting, you fail too.


“I don’t want to live with regrets”

A study was made in a retired house.
We asked them: What do you regret in your life?

People didn’t mention things they did.
Instead, they mentioned things they never dare to do.

Things they never ask, never start, never tried…

Regrets folder

Don’t pile regrets in your folders


“Just Do It!”

We gotta hack our brain to overcome this resistance
to reach our goal to become a designer.

We all have 24 hours.
Some people will succeed, and others don’t?
Most who don’t succeed have actually never started.

They “kill the bird in the egg”.

Remember that:
Worst than failing is Regret.
Because you will never know
if you would have succeeded if you tried.

So like a famous brand says: “Just do it!”

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“Just Do It”

You may find strategies for overcoming procrastination.
What matters most is your first step. And carry on doing one step after another.

With practice,
your comfort zone will expand
and your reptilian brain will too.

Your ambition and your actions will grow,
and you will live a unique experience each day!


The mind hack to start now

My friends say I am a positive person since I’m a child.
I smile even for no particular reason.

I even smile now when I’m writing to you
as I enjoy it like a conversation with you.

I believe in: “Always think positively”.
Some people may think it is kind of naive.
Maybe yes.

But I rather:

  • live with an open mind to creativity, and embrace opportunities
  • than remaining in fear “locked in my reptilian brain”.
Mind hacking to stop procrastinating

Mind hack to stop procrastinating


You are the movie director of your thoughts.

It is all about self-awareness.
Not awareness of an observation on how your life is happy or not.

But seeing your self like the movie director of your thoughts,
and decide if you wanna make your life a happy or a sad story.

If you have negative thoughts,
reverse them filling them with resilience.
It’s as simple as “the empty cup or full cup”.

Why?

Because our inner energy comes from
the words you choose to describe your feelings.

Instead of: “If I try I may fail.”
Tell yourself that: “If I try, I may succeed” or “I’ll succeed only if I try”.

I would like to finish this article with this quote I don’t know the author:
“Pessimists see the mug half-empty. Optimists are already brewing another cup.”

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Are you Optimist?


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About The Author

Chou-Tac

Hello! My name is Chou-Tac. I am a Product Designer from France. If the sketching methods I’ve acquired aid me in my life and in my industrial design career, I believe that they can also help you reach your design goal as a student or professional. My aim to help you all along with your design projects and journey. Anytime, feel free to leave a comment in the blog or send me an email at choutac@thedesignsketchbook.com : )

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