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4 Ways to Make the Most of Your Procrastination

I haven’t written in a couple days.

Yeah, I guess you could say… I’ve kind of been procrastinating.

It’s not that I don’t want to write. I do. It’s just that sometimes I feel like I don’t know enough to create really really compelling stuff, you know? And I don’t really want to be in the business of being mediocre.

So, I’m still in the process of learning. How can you teach if you don’t know the material yourself? The more I learn, the more I can write.

The more I learn, the more prolific and consistent I can be. I’m working towards that.

What I’ve been doing the past couple days (besides having a few drinks and playing Cards Against Humanity with some friends last night – we all need some R&R, eh?), is looking within myself, discovering some new things, paying attention to my relationship and my work, meditating, and reading. I’ve made a couple freewrites, but those are just my jumbled thoughts put on paper, and are often really difficult to understand.

So what I’ve been doing the past couple of days is productively procrastinating.

See, you don’t have to be GO-GO-GO all the time. As a matter of fact, sometimes you have a better chance of scoring a highlight-worthy goal when you kick the ball back then forward.

Progress in your Craft or work or personal development isn’t always a linear-type increase.

Sometimes, simmering down for a short amount of time can create an even larger peak once you’re back at whatever it is that you do.

When you cook something “low and slow,” it often comes out a whole lot better (crockpots are a Godsend, right?)

So here is my point – I haven’t really made a post in a couple days, I’ve been procrastinating that.

But I have not been procrastinating the things I feel necessary to do a better job at the thing I love to do – write.

After all, I don’t want to write a bunch of bullshit for you guys (or for myself), and feed you all the stuff you’ve already heard.

I’m not here to just fill some sort of gap in the internet. I’m here to be original and maybe give you all some insight into yourselves.

Maybe I’ll give you a perspective you hadn’t thought of, that will alter your perception of our reality.

Maybe (hopefully) I’ll be able to conjure up a sense of bliss and Being within you.

I can’t do any of those things by feeding you a bunch of shit I wrote just to, kinda, make my post for the day.

 

Anyway… Onto my point.

Procrastination is just fine, especially if you are undergoing some other sort of growth or doing something else you really really like to do, or if you are recovering, or changing, or doing something else that is worthwhile.

Take one of my favorite authors, for example: Margaret Atwood. She has created over 40 works of literature, yet claims to procrastinate heavily in the mornings, so that by the afternoon, she is prepared to work and write without any further hesitation.

Or, better yet, we can look at Leonardo Da Vinci, perhaps one of the most renowned figures in art. People will often call it unfortunate that he was such an epic procrastinator – that if he hadn’t procrastinated, we may have been eras ahead in scientific and technological fields. Nonetheless, Leonardo Da Vinci is a legend whose creativity lives on, even centuries after his death in 1519.

Here are some tips from a fellow hella-good procrastinator (yours truly) that might give you some time to not always be doing what you’re “supposed” to be doing – but being useful anyhow.

1. Challenge yourself and look within. If you’re in a state of procrastination, it’s always a good time to look inside yourself at your goals, thoughts, dreams, and identity. Maybe try asking yourself why you’re procrastinating – are there things you would prefer to be doing? What are your goals, and how will the thing you’re procrastinating doing help you reach them? Why are you in the position to be doing said thing – and do you want to be in that position? Is the goal you’re trying to achieve one that you created, or one that was constructed within you by family or a sense of obligation? Yeah, it’s okay to have a little identity crisis here. This can go one of two ways – you may realize that you are thrilled to be closer to reaching your goal, and you might stop procrastinating and get to it. In the future, this will make you less prone to procrastinate and will make your goals sit at the front of your skull, so you don’t have to dig them out again. Or, you may realize that you are in an absolute loss for passion and excitement for the goal you are working towards – maybe it’s been laid upon you by someone else, or maybe you feel morally/financially obligated to complete said goal. Let me tell you, this will make your life miserable and you should probably change your goal. You do have the power to do that, you know. You are not trapped.

2. Take some R&R. My favorite thing to do before I write is grab a warm cup of tea, cuddle up on the couch with a fuzzy blanket, and read a little. Maybe I’ll meditate. Or maybe I’ll take a couple days and read up on some stuff to make me better at writing. *shrugs* This seems to make me more excited to do what I do, and keeps the gears turning in my brain – keeping me away from all that “feeding you bullshit” like lots of things on the internet seem to do. Hey, if my R&R helps me be more authentic and genuine in my works… I’ll take a few days off. That’s part of who I am. If you feel the same… Then go ahead. Take a little time off.

3. Learn about the thing you’re procrastinating doing. See, I like to write about spirituality and self exploration. I can’t do this without learning about sprituality and exploring myself. As I mentioned earlier… How can you teach if you don’t know the material? If you need to write an essay for class, take some time to really look at your material and formulate an analysis. It will make the paper writing much easier. If you’re procrastinating going to the gym, prep a meal or check out some new routines. These things might get you motivated to begin, and if not, you’ll at least learn in the process.

4. Begin. Sometimes, when you don’t know what to do, the best thing to do is just, something. Just do something. Often, once you get started, you’ll find that it’ll be easier to keep going. Starting is the hardest part.

 

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