Pondering Creative Procrastination

I am at the stage with ‘Tribute to Michio’ where it is necessary to keep the will focused. I think that one of my time inefficiencies with regard to carving comes at this point. Is it possible to speed up the thinking and gestation period when little carving is done? Probably, but I am uncertain if this is possible when the subject matter is new to me. When the subject matter has been tackled before it may be easier to progress through this stage, but I have yet to determine if this is as true with my carving as it is with painting.