Every single last one of us. And we’re all lazy about different things. There are things that we do that are lots more fun than the things we say we want to do.
If you’re reading this, then you want to be a comic book creator in some fashion. But what are you doing in pursuit of that goal? If you’re trying to write and you have music on or the television, answer this: are you doing more singing than writing, or more watching than writing?
If you’re an artist, are you doing more singing/dancing than drawing?
I’m not saying that you should attempt to create in a bubble of silence or anything close to it. It’s just that certain things will eat into your time, and you won’t be creating as efficiently as you could. When watching/listening becomes more important than what you’re working on, then it’s time to reevaluate how you work.
Personally, I’ve finally cut the cord. I don’t have cable in my house anymore. I was paying too much for a lot of television I don’t watch. I have Netflix and Amazon Prime. I’ll be looking into the tv bundle that Apple will be coming out with this year, but I generally can wait to watch the shows I enjoy.
However, because I understand my laziness, I don’t watch things that I know I need to pay real attention to, and I don’t listen to music that will have me singing instead of working. I don’t like splitting my attention like that.
What does that mean for me? Well, it means I don’t have my Twitter feed going on Tweetdeck, I don’t play music I haven’t heard in a while, I don’t put on a movie I’ve never seen or haven’t seen in a while. They’re all distractions, and I don’t want to get in a position where I’m forced to choose between watching/singing/listening to something rather than doing the work I should be doing.
And we all go through it. We’ll find ways to procrastinate rather than do the work. However, most of us don’t have the ability to produce good work under pressure.
Find out how you’re lazy, and then do what you can to eliminate the distractions. Your productivity will increase, and you’ll find that you’ll be closer to your goals. The distractions will be there when you’re ready to come back.