Most of the best artists and productive people you know have one thing in common: For them, "I'll get to it later" wasn't acceptable. If you want to create, do it with a sense of urgency. Photo by Judith E. Bell.
As business blog Entrepreneur points out, a sense of urgency does wonders for the creative process. Any working artist can tell you how much more motivated they get when there's a deadline. However, it's how you act when there isn't a deadline that can mean the difference between success and lost projects:
Creators don't wait to be asked to create something. They create because there's nothing else to do but create. Creators don't care if what they create doesn't turn out beautifully. The true pleasure is in the process — even the frustrating aspects. Creators can't keep it in. Their need to create literally spills out of them. Creation is URGENT.
If you're waiting to start a project, stop waiting and do it. Tomorrow is too late. Even if you have no deadline, even if no one cares whether you do it or not, hell even if you don't think you're ready to start, don't wait. Figure out what the first step you can reasonably take is today and start doing it. Then don't stop until it's done.
Urgency Is What Fuels Prolific Artists [Entrepreneur]