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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.
TurningLeaves Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
Oh my gosh, the two last panels are gold. What a super ingenious idea! :la:
StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Professional
Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That calender idea has inspired me somewhat...
NeonPoweredFirefly Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional
cabepfir Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
The deadlinosaurus is fantastic :D
StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Professional
Thanks! :party:
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...
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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