If you were to ask my mom about my procrastination habits, she would probably say I am the queen of it. My tendencies to procrastinate are not always a diversion from responsibilities. I give my all to my school work, but sometimes, I just do not want to do my homework or study. I get the job done on time; it is merely on my timetable. Burn out is real, and it scares me half to death that I will reach it if I do not procrastinate a little now and then. So, in the scheme of things, my procrastination is a good thing (wink).
One night (while I was procrastinating), I picked up a book off my bookshelf. The book was Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon. I stumbled on discovering this book from listening to a podcast, and it peaked my interest. I had ordered the book that same day on Amazon and was saving it for a quiet night to dive into it. After reading the first chapter, I was hooked and knew it would be a winner for me. I will not call it a self-help necessarily, but I guess one could put it in the self-exploration and inspirational category with a twist. With each page and chapter, I felt like Steal Like An Artist was written for me. The message came through loud and clear.
The idea that came up in chapter five validated a portion of my procrastination. The chapter’s title is “Side Projects And Hobbies Are Important.” In the bigger picture of life, spending time to do something you are passionate about is important to pursue. There is more to life than just going to school and then committing to a nine to five job. Doing what makes your heart happy is valuable and a priceless gift you can give to yourself. Sure, when I am drowning in a pile of work, but still take the time to push it off to do something I love, I feel guilty. Reading the standout quote from the chapter, “the work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life,” gave me a pass from feeling guilty anymore.
Even when I procrastinate, I am productive, for the most part, and in a positive way. I may be chasing a pipe dream of becoming a writer, but I am following a desire I must pacify. Because if I do not, I will one day look back on my chance and regret not trying. There is no way of knowing if this hobby of mine will go somewhere someday, but I know my efforts to put something else off to dedicate some time to my writing has not been in vain. So, while too much procrastination is a bad thing, a little along the way can lead you to make room for a lifelong dream for a hobby. Go for it, and procrastinate like a champion.
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