Friday, October 16, 2009
I read an article this morning about Procrastination. Obviously the reason it caught my attention, is because I'm guilty of it. There's that synchronicity rearing it's 'beautiful' head again.
I never thought of procrastinators as being escape artists, but when I read this morning that is exactly what they are, it made total sense. It's closely related to impulsiveness (in fact, maybe they're one and the same) and is all about our brain's desire to feel good now rather than holding out for future rewards. It's giving into immediate gratification and it's a choice, and that's what bothered me. It's us deciding who it is we intend to be, and I don't like to think that I'm not exercising my ability to make the right choices, but instead giving into what's easy.
I'm aware of the fact that we're 'always' making choices, and although it's easy to look at others and see how their 'choices' got them where they are, whether it's where they desire to be or not, it's not always easy to look at ourselves that objectively. I 'try' to be very honest with myself, but often the 'escape artist' in me wins out. Escape artists are tricky little fellas, and they can come up with endless excuses and even provide the feelings and emotions to go with the excuse. It's those emotions and feelings that always win.
Now we don't want to confuse procrastination with laziness, since procrastination is a delay between intention and action, whereas laziness is a 'lack' of desire (I'm that one sometimes too).
The article said people use technology (you know what I mean, this computer) to procrastinate and that 50 percent of the time when people are online they're procrastinating. So I guess that should tell me why I'm here writing this post. I'm doing it, because I am showing myself what extremes I will go to, in order to escape.
Not that that's a bad thing though. :)
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