The one thing I do every day
What exactly is procrastination? It is the wonderful and elegant art of putting things off intentionally and mostly out of habit. Do you have trouble persuading yourself to do things you should do or wish to do? Then, congratulations! You are a true procrastinator. Why do people like me love putting things off until the very last minute? Is it because we are lazy? I beg to differ. Procrastination does not equal to laziness. Being lazy means not doing anything and actually not regretting it. On the other hand, procrastination means wishing to start or work on something, but not finding the motivation or force to do so.
For me, procrastination is trying to muster up enough motivation and enthusiasm to start something. It can even be something which I enjoy doing. I have been putting off starting a new TV series for months because I am afraid of committing to a new one. Meanwhile, I am watching 'Parks and Recreation' for the umpteenth time.
I like to call myself a perfectionist rather than a procrastinator. Perfection can only be achieved by thinking of the million other things you need to do before starting the actual task you should do. Now I know that it can be a bad thing too.
You do not want to end up doing absolutely nothing. You need to be able to balance out your procrastination and work ratio. Do not be too hard on yourself. One thing I learned in the past few years was that you need to stop stressing about wasting time. If you procrastinate you procrastinate, there is no reason to stress out your brain. People would be surprised to know stalling has taught me the ability to finish seven hours' worth of work in just one hour.
Procrastination should not have to be unpleasant and unfortunate. If done right it can even make oneself efficient and hardworking. Often, I have found inspiration when I was wilfully wasting my time doing mundane times.
A writing assignment deadline in two days? Suddenly, I will find my closet and room need a deep thorough cleaning. I will spend one and half-day contemplating when I should start writing, and right when I think maybe a writing career is not for me, I will find inspiration from a seven-year-old magazine lying in a corner of my closet.
It is often shocking to me how everyday things can trigger one to create great things. If you want to work on a task you are supposed to do, try convincing yourself to work on the smaller tasks first. It is not a sign of weakness to be unable to finish something in just one go. Sometimes, amazing and the very best work have been achieved working like this.
It is quite natural to think that success will come through hard work, but I have found that my 'laziness' has sometimes done wonders for me. The only difficult part was to come to that conclusion while berating myself for not being like other hard-workers.
Now, will my approach to procrastination work for others? Maybe not, but it might help people to gain a new perspective on life. Who knows, you might even end up liking it. There can be moments in your life where squandering away your time is the exact thing you need to do.
Sometimes, we just need to give ourselves a reminder that the end goal for all the hard work and torture we put ourselves through every day is to sit back and relax. So, why not give ourselves a small taste of what is to come when we do achieve our goals?