I don’t mean to start this blog with a slightly negative tone, because afterall, Find My Happy is supposed to be about the things I find make me happy, sharing along the way to hopefully inspire you to try new things and enjoy a slice of that happiness pie too. However perhaps if you read this in a sort of reverse, back-to-front sort of way, it will make complete sense and fit perfectly with the context of my blog.
I am an absolute sucker for procrastination. I don’t believe I’m alone in that camp by any stretch of the imagination, but if there’s ever an opportunity to delay getting started with something or put a task off, even for 10 minutes, I seem to take that option. I don’t know why I’m such a compulsive procrastinator. Especially when I consider the fact that I then get annoyed with myself for having given in to the charms of the little devil sitting on my shoulder saying, ‘Go on… Check Facebook… Somebody might have updated their status!’
The crazy thing about serial procrastinators is that any task can become a perfect excuse to cause a delay in getting going with what needs to be done. Even the most mundane thing you HATE doing is suddenly attractive. Unblocking the sink; turning the compost; hoovering the car out; cleaning the windows. Now you may have reduced your to-do list but why do we do it?
I’ve been meaning to get more blogging done lately. I’m really keen to get more exciting, new and inspiring content on The Green Village and I started the year well. More cake orders over the past few weeks combined with my radio shows and the time sensitive (and weather sensitive) tasks of getting this year’s vegetable seeds in so we have a better crop of home grown veg have been my main excuses. But instead of being seduced by Criminal Case on Facebook or playing 2048 at least twice a day on my mobile, couldn’t I have got a blog or at least part of an article written?
Maybe I shouldn’t beat myself up; it’s all about balance after all and all work and no play makes me tired and grumpy! However gardening to me isn’t work. Yes it’s physically tiring, but it’s good exercise, outside in the fresh air and gives me content, photos and things to share on the website and my radio show. And writing isn’t that much like hard work to me either. In fact once I get going, I’m happy to sit typing away. So perhaps that’s the key.
Sometimes it’s just a case of making yourself get going with a task. When you’ve got a manager breathing down your neck at work, you can’t slack off and not start that report. So perhaps the answer is to become your own manager. Or appoint somebody to act as a life manager for you.
Procrastination does not create a Happy. Beating procrastination does. So next time you’re struggling to get going and find yourself putting off a job in the house, delaying mowing the lawn or leaving starting an assignment until tomorrow because the deadline’s a week away, mentally instruct yourself to stop messing around and just do it. The feeling of satisfaction when the job is done is well worth it, and the funny cat videos will still be there when you’re finished.