How and when does exploration of a subject become procrastination and vice versa? What do you do most of?
I am a skilled procrastinator and easily fall prey to distractions – normally though only when I don’t like what I am doing or find it mind-numbingly boring (or unnecessary).
The writer’s 90-day challenge that I have been doing has had days when all three have appeared! BUT, and as you know with me by now, there is always a ‘but’ and always a silver lining – I don’t believe in negativity and I believe you choose how to act and react – so the other day when I was most definitely procrastinating I had to give myself a good talking to, and ask a few incisive questions about why I was so bored with writing!
Having found the answer (frustration that I didn’t know enough about the topic I wanted to cover in my article, and not enough time to do the research) I allowed myself to be distracted by a long chat with a friend… the infamous friend of ‘Bella and Jamie, Disgracefully Yours’ fame…
Now is that bad? Well we have definitely covered the issue of procrastination, and also distraction in the above paragraphs so where is the exploration?
I explored the reason behind the procrastination, I enjoyed the distraction but these two both led on to a further and deeper exploration, namely that of people of 50+ being expected to be boring old gits who take even more boring and unexciting holidays. That led me to creating a website/blog about much more exciting travel and adventure for us dynamic ‘oldies’, which as it happens has had an added advantage of recontacting some old school friends who are nomads and adventure travellers… great to catch up with them again and to find out they haven’t changed one iota! Who ever said we have to ‘slow down’ as we age? HA WRONG!!
From that it has rekindled all my enthusiasm, passion and creativity for working with people of 50+, all of them – retirees, those who still want a dynamic career, or to start a new business or create an active and challenging but highly fulfilling activity…
From that point of view, I am absolutely thrilled that I started procrastinating! It has led to a wonderful and exciting new essence to my businesses where I can funnel and guide my existing work into something I have long wanted to focus on… Deliciously Older!
When you procrastinate do you ever look behind to the reason why? Do you sometimes see that in fact your unconscious is looking for something, that you have a creative vitality that is feeling trapped and is just longing to bubble up and give you added flow and vitality in what you do?
What if next time you find yourself procrastinating and being distracted you look deeper and see what is hidden in those still waters of your spirit that run oh so deep…?