Now of course this wasn't always the case; if its the type of project that had a ton of detail that takes a long time to complete, I would not be able to leave it last-minute. But, on the other hand., if it was the type of work that I needed to come up with some ideas I would use this method during school.
Working late at night brainstorming and sketching what came to my mind worked well for me. Same with studying; I was never able to study weeks or days ahead; it was always a night before kind of deal and I would do better then studying ahead.
Of course during our time in school we play around with what works for us, there are many distractions and you learn from your mistakes and failures and how to do things better.
In the real world this is not an option; planning your day and removing distractions and having goals you want to meet at the end of each day or week is the way to go and will keep you on top of your work.
Being in a design field; I won't lie to you......Creativity blocks happen!
But now that I have many years of learning what to do and how to overcome these blocks, I can deal with them appropriately.
- Take a break and do something else for a bit to clear your head
- Sketching (if I don't know what to sketch I start drawing shapes and lines and piecing things together to see if something triggers more ideas to elaborate on)
Sometimes blocks in any job can come. You may just need to take a break to think about something else for a bit OR talk to somebody and get opinions/advise to help you break past your block.
I find most of the time if I experience a block, it means that I have taken on too much at once and need to develop a better schedule and break things down a bit more.
When you overwhelm yourself, sometimes it can give you a burst of energy to plow through everything, but sometimes it can do the opposite and your brain starts shutting down.
Learn what causes blocks for you and try and deal with the main issue. It happens to us all.