“I have to defrost that chicken sitting in the freezer.”
So I get up, move the chicken onto the counter, and sit back down. Time to write again. But then I think…
“I should probably unplug my air conditioning unit. My electric bill was crazy last month.”
Once again I rise, unplug the unit, then sit back down. Now I can work, for real this time. But then I think…
“I should check my email.”
“Did I wash my blue shirt?”
“I should probably clean the toilet.”
We will always create something “more important” to do the minute we sit down to create. This is one of the many tricks of what Steven Pressfield calls ‘the resistance’. The resistance will do anything to keep us from sitting down and actually doing the hard work of making. The most successful artists are the ones who push through the distractions created by the resistance and instead focus on what is really most important, the art.
Inspiring someone, saying something new, breathing new life, making a connection. This is what’s most important.
The chicken can wait.