Today’s post is a guest one from a blogger called Sage, who writes her posts in the form of a letter to herself.
It a style that works so well that I shamelessly sought permission to steal it! You can read my efforts on her site, along with a lot of other great posts from Sage herself.
“Good artists copy; great artists steal.” – Pablo Picasso
My name is Sage and I’m a procrastinator. And if you are reading this post, the chances are you are one too.
When I was in college, I used to procrastinate about studying. Nowadays, I procrastinate about tidying and exercising.
The question is why. Why do we put off things that are important until the last possible moment?
Why, instead of taking the bull by the horns and just doing it, do we postpone it for as long as possible, knowing that all this time we will be stressed and worrying about it?
Why not just do it? Why not just get it over with?
One of my best friends, who is much more active than me, came up with the idea of exercising together and we agreed to go jogging. We were very enthusiastic about it and I bought some summer gear.
Summer has come and gone and we went running twice. Why just twice? Because according to us, some days were too hot, some too cold. Some days we were out of town and some days we couldn’t be bothered.
These are just excuses. What I’m getting at is when we don’t want to do something, we will find every excuse not to do it. But why don’t we do it? Because it’s hard. Because it requires effort. Because it takes us out of our comfort zone. Sure, we have a goal in mind. We want good grades or to get into shape. But we will start tomorrow. Today we are just too tired, and the TV series we started watching is just too good.
The truth is we run from the things we don’t like. We run from the things we consider hard to do.
So what happens to our goals, to our dreams, if we are too unmotivated to work for them?
This is what worries me.
This last week I was away on vacation and as I lay by the poolside, half asleep and reflecting on the meaning of life, I made myself a promise: no more procrastination. In order for my dreams to be accomplished, I just need to get on with things. In Nelson Mandela’s words, “It always seems impossible, until it is done.”
My batteries are charged.
Wish me luck!