Whenever anyone brings up the subject of procrastination, they invariably give a nod to Mark Twain who stated with his usual clarity and generous humour:
“If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.” …
Those poor frogs!
Procrastination is simply the action of delaying or postponing.
We know how not to procrastinate. In fact, there are books written to help us through the trials and tribulations of avoidance. I have read books on de-cluttering, time management, setting priorities – all are filled with marvelous vignettes and stories that give that exuberant promise that once I make a list, and dramatically cross off completed tasks, I will be liberated.
Living a productive life is a noble goal with great outcomes. Lists allow us to measure our performance, and perhaps stave off the dread of procrastination.
What if we looked at procrastination a different way?
What if we stopped the tasks, took a moment to simply be in the moment, and allow our mind to gather strength and resilience? Perhaps what we consider urgent, may not be important. Perhaps a delay or postponement is the best course of action.
Maybe those frogs should be allowed freedom.
And with that thought, I invite you to share a walk along the Vancouver Seawall, just as the sun is setting. Take a deep breath and leave your lists to another day.