For other things, like housekeeping or gardening, I fold them into the ordinary course of living. When I go to the garden to empty the compost bucket, or to pick vegetables for my next meal, I weed a bit. When I get hungry, I cook, cleaning as I go. It's a natural, organic way of getting stuff done and I hardly notice it.
For some things, though; creative things, I procrastinate. This has been a life issue. As early as I can remember, I've always done my duty first. I seem to be able to expand my idea of "duty" kind of infinitely, and I've come to see that it's a way of procrastinating. If I have things I must do, like pay bills or work for pay, then I can fill my life with busyness, and nobody, least of all myself, can fault me for that. On the other hand, if I venture into the world of creativity, then what if what I end up doing isn't something awesomely great? Failure! Grief and woe!
This sort of toxic thinking is easiest to fall into when I'm tired. Since I get the "must do" things out of the way in the early part of the day, then I end up trying to paint when I'm tired. I may try to change this in the next few weeks. We'll see if a lifetime of habit can be overturned.
Today, I managed to paint a bit, which is good. When I procrastinated ... get this ... it was because I was listening to Cal Newport's audio book, "Deep Work, Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World." How hilarious is that????