So, you are probably reading this as an excuse to not to do what you are really supposed to do. But you made a good decision. Because today we are going to learn how to put this habit to our advantage.
In my last article I mainly talked about how procrastination is not the nuclear bomb you think it to be but it’s merely a bomb you use during Diwali. It might have a life changing effect but that effect may not be adverse. That effect could be marvelous!
Before we move on any further I am about to go into my research.
Well, I know it’s hard to believe but I did a little research on procrastination while I was procrastinating.
(Putting my habit to my advantage like I said.)
I was trying to find the answer of why I procrastinate. And I came across many general reasons for why people procrastinate but the answer to why I procrastinate goes something like this-
Three reasons mainly-
- I am a perfectionist!
I want things to be so perfect, so good from the very beginning that I am not able to begin at all.
Say you want to read a book..
Now you want perfect conditions.
You want a big window..
You want mountains and waterfalls that you could stare at from your big window.
You want a fluffy and heavenly soft pillow to support your spine as you gaze the big mountains and waterfalls from your big beautiful window.
You want to sip on a delicious hot coffee as you read the book sitting with heavenly soft pillow and staring at the big mountains and the waterfalls from your big beautiful window.
Result: You never read,
I admit that I am a hopeless perfectionist.( But I am working on it )
- Lack of self confidence.
The thing that I am supposed to do, I am not going to be able to do anyway. So why bother doing.
Psychology is simple.
But the question is -why am I never confident?
Because I am in vicious cycle.
At first I try doing something.
I fail. I am not up to the mark.
I am like- Okay! I will try better next time.
I try to try but being a procrastinator I am, my trying to make an effort prove worthless.
And I fail again.
I want to be good. I want to try harder. But now I believe that it’s of no use.
I procrastinate. I fail. So, I am less confident. So, I procrastinate. So, I fail. So, I am lesser confident. Therefore, I procrastinate. And then I fail. And hence I am least confident. So, I procrastinate. Then, I fail. Now, I am less than least confident.
See? Cycle never ends.
- Lack of passion.
I don’t like doing what I am supposed to do. So, I don’t do it.
Why am I not passionate?
Because I am confused. I am trying to do what I am supposed to do. Clearly, I don’t do it because I don’t want to do it. But I still want myself to want to do it because I don’t know what else to do.
The sentence is complex but psychology is simple.
I am not passionate about electrical engineering. So, I never touch the book.
I love reading novels. I do touch them. A lot.
I am not confident. I am not passionate. Where the hell is my life going?
Procrastination; befriending the naïve devil.
I know I won’t be able to read power system tonight because I just can’t do it. I am likely to procrastinate and I can’t stop it.
SO, what should I do?
I could watch a movie. I could talk with walls. I could speculate jumping out of the window.
But no, I decide to write.
I didn’t want to write. But somehow I bring myself to do it. Yeah… I waste some time along with it. But I come down to writing. I make myself come down to writing.
I have found a way to be more productive while I am procrastinating. I have to prepare for my exams, for job interviews for god knows what not. I am not doing any of those but I am procrastinating while I am writing on procrastination like an idiot.
This is the art of procrastination.
Find out your real passion. Find your hobby about which you are so passionate, so passionate, so so passionate that even you yourself can’t bring yourself to not to do it.
You like reading books. No.
Do you LOVE reading books?
Then, read books! Read websites. Build economy. World needs a lot of readers.
The more the better.
You like watching movies. Good. Watch.
Watch in different languages. Watch documentaries. Watch all types of movies. Hold a record. You will have more knowledge in world than anyone else. (No, book readers will probably beat you.)
You like painting. Go ahead do it.
DO what you want to do. Don’t misuse your time “trying to do what you are supposed to do” and then end up doing nothing. You are trying to study but you end up fantasizing about you and Brad Pitt alone doing guchi goo on a secluded island. That’s a marvelous dream but it’s an ultimate misuse of time. Waste your time instead. Do what you are not supposed to. Openly. That’s the art of procrastination.
Mastering your other skills while you are trying to master one.
That’s the art of procrastination.
So, if you are procrastinator, no not just a procrastinator, a good *structured procrastinator do you know how much gifted you are?
You get to master so many skills say, *secondary skills at the same time! Secondary or not.. Skills are always important.
(Readers! The asterisk thingy simply mean that the terms are better explained in the glossary below.
I have included a glossary in my post! I am being lame but I just gotta do it- self five!)
So, don’t drown yourself in depression.
Stop it. You are sad? You are miserable? Shut up. That’s bullshit and you know it.
Don’t promise yourself that you won’t procrastinate anymore. Because again that’s bullshit and you know it. It’s your initial phase of procrastination.
What you can instead do is to procrastinate.
But procrastinate better.
And that’s the art of procrastination.
Signing off with hope to improve my life,
P.S. Okay, this is sorta out of the world thingy-
Like what you read? You have got curious? Google this man; John Perry. He is my hero. ❤ And that’s the guy I stole the name of this post from.
- Structured procrastination- I think John Perry can explain you better. http://www.structuredprocrastination.com/
- Secondary skills- the skills that you never thought you could build and though you were passionate about them but you never gave a shit before)