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Be Proactive Not Reactive by StephenMcCranie Be Proactive Not Reactive by StephenMcCranie
Hey friends, this is a comics essay I wrote for a blog I do called Doodle Alley. Wherever you are on your journey as a creator, I hope these comics encourage you! If you like this and want to see more, please favorite this!

Here's a link to the Doodle Alley blog:

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RadenWA Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Progress calendar! Everyone should make one.
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TurningLeaves Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
Oh my gosh, the two last panels are gold. What a super ingenious idea! :la:
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Professional
Thanks!
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That calender idea has inspired me somewhat...
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NeonPoweredFirefly Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
AMEN
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional
:party:
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
The deadlinosaurus is fantastic :D
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Professional
Thanks! :party:
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Hyperchaotix Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Student General Artist
I struggle with this and am also the kind of person who waits until the last minute but somehow gets everything done in record time. I admit that I usually choose to do it this way... because I have a fear that if I suddenly feel like I have a lot of free time, I'll somehow lose touch with raw ambition; the drive to push through overwhelming odds. Maybe it's the thrill of the challenge that I crave? I'm not really sure. It's stressful, but I feel that's my downfall. It's stressful to the point where I feel like I would accomplish less work if I did it any other way... I really need to fix myself up...
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional
Yeah, that's exactly where I used to be-- I found a way out of it not by changing myself, but by changing my system. It's only natural to work on things when we have an impending deadline-- that's when we're most motivated to work! My thinking was this: maybe I'm not broken, but my system is. If I understand how I work-- that I am motivated by deadlines-- then I should be able use how I work to my advantage. It's taken a lot of experimenting, and I think everyone is different, but I've gotten in to using timers to create a sense of deadline to motivate myself. I'll break my goals down into steps that are so small they won't take much time at all, and then I set a timer and say, can I do this one simple step in only 10 minutes? It's a challenge, and it's kind of fun, working against the clock, trying to beat it. It's motivating. So my advice is, start tinkering around with a system for yourself that works for you. Keep what works, throw away what doesn't, and eventually you'll find something that clicks. You can do it!
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Hyperchaotix Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Yeah. I'll try to do something like that. I'm sure it'll take some adjusting, even at first, but I should be able to manage it. :) Thanks!
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BlackAkamaru Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
I admit that I do procrastinate, so I could learn a lot from this! This is very helpful and thank you ^^ You're pretty wise~
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional
Thanks! Hope it helps!
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Elyandarin Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Inspiring :)
I too have the Procrastination super-sense, and since it's sort of neat having a superpower - even if it's a kinda lame one - I wonder: when you gave up procrastinating altogether, did you manage to leverage that super-sense into a more helpful (but still cool) superpower?
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Professional
Yes. My alternate identity used to be Procrastination Boy, but he was weakened considerably by the kryptonite of proactivity, and I've since donned a new identity, Productivity Man. Secret Power: GET STUFF DONE.

Seriously speaking though, I feel like my life of procrastination was very schizophrenic, oscillating between panic and guilty laziness, neither of which are inherently pleasant. I am most relaxed when I know I got what was supposed to get done done.
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jku Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
Words of wisdom here.

I'll probably procrastinate being proactive though, knowing me. I guess I should start learning to draw finally like I've been meaning to do since I was like.. 12. haha
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lildragonbabe Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish I could live by this, but I'm still oung and foolish and prefer to waste my time instead of doing something productive.
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Azuh-ra-el Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Student General Artist
mmm I love this comic.
I think keeping a calender and not procastinate is one of the things I need to practice on xD
I think this could or might win a scholarship if you submit it. That's how awesome I think it is xD
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Professional
Thanks!
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Azuh-ra-el Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Student General Artist
Your welcome! <3
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eivanly Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
Just got to say... I greatly admire your art, not just because of the unique style and perfect combination of colors, but because of the wise messages and clear passion you have for what you do. Your words speak to all of us, and are truly an encouragement. God bless <3!!
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Professional
Thank you so much! I appreciate that!
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eivanly Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
:hug:
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Lelpel Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Brilliant and so true!
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Professional
Thanks!
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mikemaihack Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
great one, stephen! plus, dinosaurs and ice cream? you get me.
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Professional
thanks buddy!
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Authorgirl2 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Student Writer
YOU ARE MY HERO.
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Professional
Thank you!
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thelittledeadgirl666 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Student General Artist
Your comics are really a ray of light to me. It's like someone has peered into my mind and knows exactly what to say. I know that I've said this before, but thanks.
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Professional
Your welcome!
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leotheras Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
exactly my point! :P
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Pheotive Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011   Digital Artist
Fantastic work again!
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Professional
Thank you!
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CynthiaDesgagne Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The deadlinosaurus rex is after me, but yeah, I'm finishing school so it's to be expected :D Great essay :)
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Professional
Deadlinosarus's like icecream. Good luck on finishing school!
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CynthiaDesgagne Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
;-) Thanks! 20 days left! :D
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patamfreti Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Student General Artist
Your comics are lovely, thank you for giving people such good advices :)
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Professional
Thank you!
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patamfreti Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank YOU! :)
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oxfords-n-spectacles Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Student
I can't tell you how many people this can apply to, but it really helps me rather than "Why haven't you done anything till now!?" Thanks for all the comics so far (and the ones to come), they really are encouraging and helpful.
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Professional
I appreciate that-- I hope to make a whole book of these.
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oxfords-n-spectacles Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Student
In that case, I'll be waiting!!
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Chika1345 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
This is awesome! ^_^ *in college now so I needed this to look at inspiration to do work* XD darn now I have to get off of deviantArt, this reminded me I have a portfolio due next week.
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Professional
You can do it!
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Fiercedeity1770 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Student Filmographer
Wise words... :salute:
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:iconstephenmccranie:
StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Professional
thanks!
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Fiercedeity1770 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Student Filmographer
You're welcome! (These comics have really helped me lately).
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FreckleOnMyPalm Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
How did you get so smart? Haha you always seem to have the best advice, I just want to share everything you've been doing with everyone I know! The best part is everything comes off so positively and not preachy!
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Professional
Thank you! :D
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