I’m giving it ten minutes. Simply starting a postponed project is usually more than half the battle. So I am committing to sitting at my computer keyboard for a mere ten minutes to see if I can at least start to write something. Here goes.
It has been nearly a month since my last blog post. My prolonged silence has been more lack of motivation than anything else. It is not as if I have had nothing to write about. An active thought life and daily experiences continually supply fodder for this writer’s rumination. And it is not as if I have been too busy, which is a common laundry basket in which we throw all our dirty little excuses. No, truth be told, I simply have not as the saying goes “gotten around to it.”
It raises an important question. Why is it often so difficult to overcome inertia, to get something rolling, when that something is the very thing that in the doing causes a person to derive great benefit and satisfaction? One answer is procrastination. Procrastination is a ten dollar word describing how we’re duped into replacing high priority, high return tasks with low priority, minimal return actions. In the financial world, and yours and my world for that matter, such careless investment is a projection for loss. Loss of progress, benefit to others, self satisfaction and respect.
Like most people I am confronted by the procrastination huckster on many fronts. It is not just with my writing. It coaxes me when it comes to working out, honey-do list items, organizing work and storage space, home and self improvement projects. I could go on and on. How to resist its enticing deceitful ways?
Give whatever you’ve been procrastinating ten minutes. That’s right. Just ten minutes and likely as with this blog, your engagement with the project will expand beyond ten minutes and you just might get ‘er done! I did and here it is!
What have you learned about overcoming procrastination?
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