A LATE START…
I should have done this a long time ago…
Procrastination can be an utter nightmare! I feel like if I could just focus more accurately on one thing at a time, I would accomplish so much more. Unfortunately, that’s not how it works for me. I have an idea about something and then there is another idea about something else and then another and another and another! It goes on and on into a frustratingly convoluted eternity of incomplete ideas.
How many ideas do you have? Do they number in the thousands? Millions? Quadrupillions?! How many of those ideas turned into something, or came to fruition? If you are too frightened to answer because the number is too teeny-tiny to see, let me take that blade of humility from you and stick it in me. I’m 31-years-old and I’ve accomplished almost none of my dreams! Ideas and aspirations abound in my brain all the time. I have too many ideas to count and almost none of them amount to anything. Why? Procrastination? Distraction?
MEANWHILE, IN THE PROCRASTI-BRAIN…
If I were a super-villain, I would be called the ‘Procrasti-Man’ or ‘Mister Procrastoid’ or ‘The Mad Procrasto.’ None would fear me because all my devious plots, although dastardly in nature, would ultimately be unsuccessful. My innumerable plans would never move from the planning phase into the implementation phase. My layer would surely be a mess of unfinished machines and mechanisms, coupled with piles of scribbled blueprints and manifestos that mean nothing. In fact, years after my death, if some archeologists discovered the ruins of my old lab they would surely say something like, “well this guy accomplished a big fat ZERO in his life.” I imagine that my nemesis might be called the ‘Accomplisher’ or something equally as diminishing to my own shortcomings.
I don’t know what it is, but I can’t seem to maintain traction when I have a good idea. Sometimes the idea is so juicy, so succulent, so ambitious and original that I think to myself, this is it, old boy! Your ticket out of mediocrity and into superstardom! “My word, Mr. Procrasti-Man,” I hear you saying. “What happens then?” I turn around, doing my best evil laugh while wrenching my hands in anticipation. “You have nothing to fear, citizen! For I will do… NOTHING!” At the exact moment that I stop talking, the Accomplisher shows up to re-work my brilliant idea into a more functional idea. He then goes on to accomplish something with that idea and I am defeated once again!
One of the pitfalls of being a procrastinator, with billions of unfinished thoughts and scenarios whizzing around in my head, is the fact that I’m easily distracted. Procrasti-thought strikes again! That little super-hero/super-villain piece of business wasn’t planned. So, let’s rewind back to what I was talking about.
WILL THE REAL PROCRASTINATORS PLEASE STAND UP?
Sometimes I wonder if I could write an entire blog post in only one day. Is that possible? Of course, it is! Tons of bloggers do that all the time. Some write multiple blogs in a day. The madness! Maybe one day, if I’m consistent enough, I can do that.
A boy can dream!
That goal, though, is not what this is meant to address. I wanted to address procrastination but not only mine. I know I’m not alone in this. I know there is a veritable army of procrastinators out there, waiting in the wings, or would it be delaying in the wings? First off, if an army called ‘The Procrastinators’ was bearing down on me, I don’t think I’d be scared. Wouldn’t they just reach the point of attack, but then get derailed because the new season of Stranger Things released or something equally as awesome?
I wonder when that show is coming back…
Piss off, procrasti-thought!
DON’T FRET… YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
To wrap this first rambling post, I want to finish by saying that my name is Sean and I’m a procrastinator. I know there are many other procrastinators out there and I know that many of them feel unaccomplished in their lives, because I battle with that too. I think it’s important to discuss the things that influence our decisions, that derail our thoughts, that pull us from one unfinished idea to another, because maybe we could help each other through it. There are people in my life that do not procrastinate ever. That’s great! That’s wonderful! That’s stupendous! They are organized, goal driven, and unwaveringly motivated all the time! Usually when I see people like this I think to myself, Shit! I’m exhausted! How can people be like that all the time!? Sometimes these people will simply label a procrastinator as lazy and then walk away. I think there is much more to it than that. Not all us procrastinators are plainly and simply lazy. Sometimes there are inner battles going on, sometimes there is unseen friction, sometimes LIFE HAPPENS!
I’m a procrastinator, sure, but I know for a fact that I am NOT lazy. When I’m not in school full-time, I generally work 50 hours a week and sometimes more. The job that I work at is not my dream job and its quite hard on my body – some days I barely have time to sit and take a break or eat something. My boss and my boss’ boss like me because I’m a “good worker” and “reliable.” I work at that job because it pays my bills and helps pay for school. So, I know that I’m not lazy. In fact, do me a favor. If you are one of these people that knows a procrastinator and thinks of them as being lazy, maybe you should simply talk to them and help them get their train back on the tracks. Sometimes that’s what we need. Sometimes a helping hand is all that’s required.
“STOP TALKING ABOUT IT AND DO IT!”
I found that “helping hand” person a couple years ago. Now, we are engaged. She’s wonderful, encouraging, supportive, and enthusiastic about so many great things. Her positivity is infectious, and she is the reason that I finally decided to go back to school, at 31-years-old. One day she said to me, “You should do it! Go back to school. Stop talking about it and do it!” It was one of the scariest things I’ve ever decided to do but I did it. And you know what? I’m not scared anymore! I’m currently finishing up my first semester in my second year of university and the only thought that enters my brain now is… I should have done this a long time ago!
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