Procrastinate (verb) pro·cras·ti·nate \prə-ˈkras-tə-ˌnāt, prō-\
: to put off intentionally and habitually
: to put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done
Rainy days always make me lazy.
It’s an odd phenomena, one I know I share with many other people (I’ve taken casual polls over the years). But lately, I have felt a certain overwhelmed feeling coupled with persistent laziness—I can’t blame rain for every moment of non-productivity over the past two weeks. I said to a friend today, well there are only 24 hours to each day. He said to me, “Twenty-four hours is time for it all.” I wanted to slap him—I get a little crabby when people seem all too happy with their allotment. So I asked him, with no little bit of vinegar, how he had magically seemed to condense everything into those scant hours. He said something that made me sit up and think, then start typing.
It wasn’t a new concept or even a new thought for me. What it was, was a wake up call. A reminder of how easy it is to slip into the complacent arms of procrastination and bemoan all the things I have to do while not actually doing any of them. My friend went on to say “It’s a common curse. You just have to stay conscious and aware of what you are actually doing. Make it physical.” He used that specific word—physical. And it dawned on me that the difference between production and procrastination isn’t time at all, its action. I have spent the same amount of time thinking about this blog post while writing it as I would have while just thinking about writing it. The difference is I’m now done. The thought has become something “physical”. And I’m so thankful for conscious, present friends who bring awareness to my own slips into lala land, a wonderful place to visit but not to live.
His advice was so simple. The word, common. We use it often. But when will it sink in for you? There really is all the time in the world, if we use it, instead of putting it off. Time doesn’t like to be passed over.
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