Procrastination does not have a good reputation. He steals our productivity, robs us of achievement and runs off with the attainment of our goals.
So we protect ourselves from Procrastination with shields and swords and all manner of armor and weaponry. Sometimes we feel as if we are winning and feel pretty good about ourselves.
And yet, Procrastination finds a way to get around all of our protection, because, ultimately, there is an inexplicable joy to doing things we want to do when there are other things that need to be done.
But maybe we don’t need to protect against Procrastination. Maybe Procrastination is our friend. He certainly is very enjoyable company.
The Thrill of Being Pulled
The real joy of Procrastination is in allowing ourselves to be pulled towards whatever we are drawn to.
If we lift our heads up from our work for a moment and look around, something to the side may catch our eye.
A forbidden path. The road less travelled. Whatever you want to call it, adventure and uncertainty call to us as we look off into the periphery.
Too many times we see that thing that calls to us and ignore it, feeling we should instead keep walking the straight line that we are on now. That it will be faster and more efficient.
Procrastination allows us to wander off into the grass or into the trees to find things that we never knew existed. He alerts us to the possibility of joy.
The Infinite To-Do List
When our to-do lists reach a certain length we tend to tell ourselves that if we do not work solely from the to-do list certain doom will soon be upon us.
Procrastination tells us that this is not true.
When we hang out with Procrastination for a little while (or a long while as it may be) there always comes a time when he must go home. At this time we can go back to the items on our to-do lists, to wait for him until he comes knocking on our door again.
Procrastination may come and go, but the items on our to-do list will always be there for us. So it’s wise to catch Procrastination when he comes around and save our to-do list for when he’s not.
Getting Stuff Done
Procrastination is a fun friend, but he has a sixth sense about when we really need to get some stuff done and allows us our space to do so.
He wants to be able to pull you with him on various whims at random times of the day, but he knows that in order for this to be possible you do have to complete some of the to-do list items.
So he goes and plays with other friends, leaving you to work and be productive. Allowing you to feel good as you mark a line through those items you’ve completed.
Procrastination is not clingy. He wants to have fun with you, but he knows that too much of a good thing is not a good thing. And frankly, he has to work on his to-do list too.
“I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow.” – Scarlett O’Hara