You’re putting something off.
I don’t know what it is, but you are.
So am I.
The truth is, we all have something that we should be doing right now, but for whatever reason we aren’t. Rather than explain how to beat this procrastination, instead I want to show you how you to become better at it.
There is no sense in denying whats in our blood: We are phenomenal at delaying important action.
This quote (stolen from Jon Goodman) explains this nature well:
“Procrastinators seldom do absolutely nothing; they do marginally useful things, like gardening or sharpening pencils or making a diagram of how they will reorganize their files when they get around to it. Why does the procrastinator do these things? Because they are a way of not doing something more important. If all the procrastinator had left to do was to sharpen some pencils, no force on earth could get him [to] do it.
However, the procrastinator can be motivated to do difficult, timely and important tasks, as long as these tasks are a way of not doing something more important.”– John Perry
This last sentence (bolding is mine) is where the gold is.
So what does this mean?
In order to do the things we have been puttin up on a pedestal, we have to make them less important. We don’t do this by simply believing they are but rather by putting more important stuff on our plate.
AIM ABOVE YOUR MARK
- If your goal is to start working out 3 times a week, aim instead to compete in the Crossfit games.
- If you have been putting off writing for magazines because “it’s important” (like I have), aim instead to write a book.
Whatever it is you want to do, you have to make it seem less important (because these are the type of activities that us procrastinators like to do).
Don’t be realistic, be audacious.
This is how we use procrastination.