My name is ______ , and I’m a procrastinator…
by Michael Zabel
Today I would like to dive into a topic…well, maybe I’ll get around to this later…or tomorrow…next week?
Have you ever caught yourself in a predicament like this? Why do we ever find ourselves in a solitary struggle with an opposing force that prevents us from doing the very things we truly love to do? Other times, productivity comes at a relentless pace that no human could possibly keep up with. There are some interesting theories on how to overcome procrastination or, conversely, how it’s essential to inducing creativity (apparently I don’t see the irony in referencing Life Hacker articles in a post about this topic). While there is a lot of advice to be had, since everyone experiences it, this battle with wasting time is really a fight that must be won on an individual basis. Hence, overcoming excessive procrastination is primarily a matter of one wanting to become a more productive person and finding the best way to be just that.
My own personal endeavor involves experiencing a certain soul-staggering event that changed my perception indefinitely of the proverbial “big picture.” In short I realized that life is way too short to be distracted by trivial pursuits – and I don’t mean the board game…because I most definitely still play that one. Today I face the fears that used to cripple my creativity – fear of failure, inadequacy, rejection – and channel them into some serious artistic output. Despite that, a realization that one must make, is that it is both a) unhealthy – socially and physically- and b) impossible to work around the clock without rest or a break (no offense robots, but quit spamming me). The trick I employ is to make the most of those rest periods, using them predominantly to continue my education as an illustrator, designer, and businessman (aka : being productive). Now, I must admit that I do enjoy unwinding with m’lady after work hours; watching some Survivor, a little Daily Show here and there, or maybe just kickin’ it on the couch with a good book. My point being, these are activities reserved for the evening, the time of day when Ben Franklin would reflect on all the “good he had done” and therein lies the difference between distracted slacking and earning some well deserved down time. In conclusion, and at the risk of getting all spiritual on you, it’s all about making the most of the relatively short time we spend on this planet. And that can’t wait until tomorrow.
Further recommended reading:
- The Science Behind Why We Procrastinate (lifehacker.com)
- If You’re Always Busy, You May Just Be Procrastinating (lifehacker.com.au)