My thoughts on my favourite pastime: Procrastination
Procrastination is the action of delaying or postponing something. The word has origin from the Latin procrastinatus, which itself evolved from the prefix pro-, meaning “forward,” and crastinus, meaning “of tomorrow.” It could be further stated as a habitual or intentional delay of starting or finishing a task despite knowing it might have negative consequencesWikipedia
Probably the sport I’m best at. I’ve been at it for most of my life. I’ve never really given it any real thought, until now. I want to know why I/we do it. What makes it so much fun that we can’t stop doing it!
There are a lot of thoughts and ideas out there of why we do it. Thoughts from cleverer people than me.
Here’s my take on it, feel free to share your ideas too. Are you also a master Procrastinator?
Why do we procrastinate?
We Procrastinate to keep our emotions in check. We get so comfortable that we are afraid to open up, share our thoughts and emotions, to let go, to grow. Showing our work & emotions makes us vulnerable and by keeping them close by, closed off, we stay safe.
We don’t grow, but at least we are safe.
By doing the thing we want to do; writing and sharing that blog post, taking that photograph and sharing our work, or by doing anything that might help us grow as a human we reveal ourselves and that can be a scary thing to do and that might be the biggest reason why we procrastinate.
How do we Stop?
We need to find a pathway, a way of doing things, physically doing things will bring about change. Change will bring growth and growth is what we seek. We need to advance from where we are and the only way to do that is to know where we want to go.
We need to set goals.
A good way to see where we are lacking direction/goals is to look at where we are procrastinating. Struggling to write a blog post, going out to take that photograph or paint or do something creative, maybe it’s because we haven’t set any goals that we can measure against to see that we are indeed growing/moving forward.
Set goals in that area where you are procrastinating. If I want to blog more, I need to figure out what that means to me. I want to blog more because I want to 1) share my thoughts and ideas, 2) become better at writing. So now I say OK, start by writing a blog post twice a week for a month. Now I have a goal to work towards. I can see progress and it will give me motivation to do the work and also stop the procrastination, hopefully!
If we can figure out what our goals and dreams are then we can create action towards our goals and that will stop the procrastination, because we’ll have a path we can follow and we know where we are going. It brings clarity.
If we know where we are going we know what we need to do.
My Final Thought
When we stop procrastinating we will gain more experience, not only in the physical but emotionally as well. We will learn and we will grow. We are emotional creatures, emotion = energy, and by showing our work we are releasing our emotions, an also releasing our energy into the world. Positive, healing energy.
Nature doesn’t Procrastinate!