I work with a client who claims to operate better when his life is in chaos. Can this be true? It seems like self imposed drama to me.
There are certain people who claim to do their best work at the last minute. It’s one thing to be able to work under pressure – but is it really resulting in your best work? Would your work improve in quality if you had time to review it? Of course. When I practice something, I get better each time I do it again. I used to play that story in my head, and actually said it out loud. “I do my best work at the last minute.”
What I’ve come to realize is that for me, it was simply an excuse for procrastinating.
Because I’m no dummy, I decided it was best to change that story. Now, I begin projects earlier on purpose. I get really committed to creating something which meets the highest quality standard I can imagine. It’s a muscle I’m strengthening, because in reality, I am quite able to pull things off at the last minute. The denial I was stuck in was that it could represent my best work.
I love the adrenalin rush of a deadline. I get more done when there is a finite end to the expectation. Even though I usually work on a project until the deadline, I now practice slowing the whole thing down some, so there is space for my creative brain to discover more possibilities inside the project.
Chaos equals drama. We don’t have to inform our future with our drama and chaos filled past. There are more fullfilling ways to become excited about our work – and there is a huge benefit in reduced stress levels when we give ourselves space to create.
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