I try to put time aside everyday to make art. When the time arrives, I find myself getting easily distracted by the other things going on in my life. I hem and haw until I finally sit down, strap myself to the chair and get to work. The distance between the anxiety of doing nothing and getting started is vast. My fiancé gave me some great advice recently; do it badly enough so the work gets done. Make it, and let it be terrible. And then you'll have something to work with.
Turns out this wasn't my fiancé's idea. He had heard it in this video of Jordan Peterson talking about writing. In the beginning of the video, Peterson quickly lists 5 reasons why people avoid getting started and I think the list is brilliant. I've definitely had these thoughts stop me before.
1. I don't know how to write (paint, draw, etc.).
2. I'm going to do a bad job.
3. I don't really like assignments.
4. I'm going to have to do it perfectly.
5. I need to wait until I have enough time.
The remedy to these thoughts? Do it badly!