For somebody who harps on annoyingly about productivity as much as I do, I’m insanely good at procrastinating.
We all say this of course, followed by a laugh about how lazy we all are; but seriously, if I have one thing I need to do I will do everything else in the world, over a course of days, weeks even, in order to avoiding doing what I need to do.
I’m not sure why this is, so I won’t throw out profound reasoning for the sake of shovelling some sexy, articulate advice down your throat, but I do think it may have something to do with a fear of the thing you need to do due to it being fairly undefined (and therefore, a fear of the unknown).
While going through my most recent spell of looking at what I needed to do, followed by sixteen games of Bejeweled, four Instagram refreshes, and a quick check on the news, in between these distractions I noticed I was working on something that I didn’t need to work on at that moment, but it did need to get done.
It wasn’t the ‘one thing’ I needed to be getting on with, but it was something I needed to do. Though my ordering was dramatically off, at least while I was procrastinating I was still getting something worthwhile done, something that I would have needed to do after my ‘one thing’ anyway.
It reminded me of something I read recently (I can’t remember who by, lo siento amigo) where the author said whenever he falls deep into a procrastination bubble he lets himself run with it. He closes the program/tab on the work he had intended on doing and lets himself totally indulge in his habit of procrastination, actively telling himself he can’t work; he HAS to procrastinate.
It doesn’t take long for him to become tired of swiping down to refresh Twitter and jump at the chance to get back on with the work he had originally intended for himself.
This situation is not ideal, but where’s the fun in that? Avoiding procrastination altogether, though possible in certain situations, is rarely going to work out. Much better to work with it, procrastinating on doing the one thing you really need to do with something you need to do with less urgency; than doing nothing at all.
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