I saw an amusing TED talk the other day explaining what goes on in the mind of a procrastinator. The only complaint I have with it is that it oversimplifies a little in assuming all procrastination is the “messing about unproductively leaving important task to the last minute followed by mad deadline panic” type.
I’m generally pretty good at not doing that, but I frequently suffer from the “finding other productive things to do to avoid dealing with particularly daunting/unpleasant task” type. And how does one overcome procrastination? Just read this handy-dandy self-help guide:
- Don’t waste energy trying to be someone else—be yourself!
- Only, be a more organised and productive yourself. Because winners get up at 5am to make to-do lists using quinoa and mason jars.
What brought this topic to mind? I’m procrastinating, natch1. I’ve been wanting to get some feedback on a project I’ve been tinkering with (especially as it could use a jump-start), but I’ve been reluctant to show it to anyone. It required a little introspection to realise that I was putting this off.
It’s kind of weird that despite being well aware that it’s at a first draft/prototype stage, knowing about several deficiencies, and wanting suggestions on what direction to proceed, the thought of revealing it has me curled in a corner, clutching it and wailing that “it’s not ready!”2, and making vague mutterings including frequent use of the word “precious”.
So, yeah. I’ll get over it. It just amused me once I realised what I was doing, and so I thought I’d share.
1 No, I have no idea how long it’s been since “natch” (short for “naturally”) was in the common vernacular, either. 😉
2 Or should that be “I’m not ready”?