So as you might already know, I work from home, which means two things: I control my own schedule, and sometimes I have no control over how I follow that schedule.
You see, I am the classic your-next-door procrastinator, except, like, not so much. Or maybe everyone procrastinates the same? Idk.
I recently had a deadline, and my brain was like: "you know what we have been wanting to do for a while? LEARN CALLIGRAPHY" , so I did.
Well it's not my brain, it's the instant gratification monkey inside of my brain who distracts the the rational decision maker.
Or is it?
Is there a third character that Tim Urban did not discover yet? I think so.
What I think is that I have another another decision maker who is a little crazy, who is patient enough to learn a new skill, but who also chooses the wrong time to learn it.
He wakes up right around a deadline, and he opens new doors for me, new doors that will actually help me in my career. That's how I learned SketchUp, Lumion & Calligraphy.
What what are the symptoms of a productive procrastinator?
- Researching new skills to learn right around deadlines
- Beginning to learn new skills right around deadlines
- MASTERING existing skills right around deadlines
- Doing pretty productive tasks RIGHT AROUND DEADLINES.
While these symptoms are slightly disturbing
What are the available remedies?
Lots and lots of self-discipline
Rewarding yourself with a chocolate when you finish the task by giving yourself another task that you can procrastinate with
Practice makes perfect.
Giving up to the desire of learning, sometimes.
Idk, if you do, let me know.
But is it really a bad thing that we do procrastinate? Or is it away of using our mind when it's most stimulated -by stress - so we can generate better ideas?
As much as I strive to be better at not procrastinating, I don't think that I will ever be not a procrastinator.
What about you?
Much love to you,