I’ve been planning to write this post on procrastination for some time now, but I kept putting it off. But something always caught my attention on my way to write it and I just ended up doing that other thing instead.
I was born in mid-March, smack dab between the Ides of March and St Patrick’s Day, so I am a Pisces. They (meaning Google) say that I’m a dreamer … (but I’m not the only one), easily distracted, live in a fantasy land, I’m totally scattered, and I won’t face reality. Many who know me are nodding “yes” as they read this. My family loves me for who I am .. well, I think that they do anyway. And my fellow Pisces are agreeing .. “yea, that’s me”.
Does this make us procrastinators? Well we certainly appear that way. Maybe we’re just good planners … always sitting and thinking ( aka “daydreaming”) .. looking at it from all angles, weighing the options, summing up our findings and preparing to move forward with the best course of action ….
OK, yea, we’re procrastinators.
So this brings me to the Procrastinator Fix … lists . If I don’t have a list, nothing gets done. And I don’t mean a “to do list” , that’s for normal people , this has got to be a running list of all the things that I see that need to be done.
Here’s how it works – each morning you’d write down what you want to get done that day, number them in order of importance and then you can get out of bed. ( this is the normal part .. like a normal person would do). Then as the Pisces mind starts to run you see a million other things that you see that have to do right that second.
Well, unless it’s pick up a sock and put it in the hamper, put all these random tasks you’ve just thought up on the list and start as you had planned on the most important task .. the one that you marked as number one .. before you got out of bed. Sure you can re-number your tasks to include these new tasks, but don’t just do them as you think of them. … Because you might just be .. Procrastinating. Or attention .. challenged. It’s probably a little of both.
I plan on taking my own advice, one day, if I could only stop putting it off.
Dan Busler is a professional photographer specializing on portrait, performance and event photography and camera basics instructor with studios located south of Boston in Walpole MA. Examples of his work can be seen at http://www.danbuslerphotography.com
Dan Busler is a professional portrait, performance and event photographer with studios located south of Boston in Walpole MA. You can see more of his work at http://www.danbuslerphotography.com