The deceitful art of not getting things done

Procrastination is a bugger. Whether subtle and discreet, loud or outspoken, the act of putting something off for unknown reasons is something most of us have experienced at one point or another.

Whatever official reason you may have that’s stopping you from getting down to business, it may be worth pausing for a moment to consider the fact that procrastination as a concept is based on us buying into a bit of lie. Think about it: if we are OK with putting things off to do them “later”, we are tricking ourselves into thinking that we are somehow able to freeze time and space. That there is such a thing as an extended status quo, where things remain the same just because we want them to.

The truth is that nothing ever stays the same. The only thing constant in life is change; everything is constantly evolving and morphing from one shape into another. Whether it be humans, nature, relationships, moods, events, the ground you stand on – it’s all changing. Procrastination, on the other hand, is based on the idea that what is here today will also be here tomorrow, in the exact same shape or form. And so we may as well postpone whatever I needed to do today until tomorrow. But how could we possibly know with certainty that what is here today will come back tomorrow in the same constellation? 

The desire of this moment may not reappear in the same way again. What seems terribly important this year may have changed drastically next year. The dream of yesterday can easily be replaced by the dream of the future in a few instances.

With this in mind, it may feel easier to accept that all we have is now. And that means that procrastination is a risky gamble where we put at stake the moment that is right here, right now, where things have coincided to be just like they are through a unique combination of occurrences.

If procrastination is a struggle of yours, it may be useful to ask yourself the following questions:

What am I missing by not taking action? What opportunities am I letting slip by that may not be coming back? How is my inactivity affecting the possibility to experience what is beyond that first step? And do I really want what it is that I say I want?

If we choose to participate in the constant evolving process of our lives by showing up and honouring every moment, we are opening ourselves up to an abundant array of possibilities. But it is only by taking action and freeing up space for what is to come that we can let those possibilities show up and materialise in our life. With this perspective, perhaps procrastinating appears a little less important and action a whole lot more appealing.

So get down to business and cross of the things on your to-do list now. You never know what will be on there tomorrow.

WorkRebecca Delgado