I’m off on my hols this evening, but I’ve spent most of this weekend so far procrastinating. There’s one phone call I have to make, and I’ve managed to put it off for 48 hours. But that has left me fidgety all weekend.
In fact, when I look at my to do list I see I’ve done it all including stuff I’ve avoided or forgotten for weeks. But since everything I did was a displacement activity, it’s all been strangely unsatisfying.
There’s an irritating exercise they do in Time Management classes: The tutor gets a great big open topped glass jar and a bunch of rocks and puts the rocks in the jar until it’s full. They then say “is it full” and of course the students say “yes”. Then the tutor gets a bunch of medium size rocks and puts them in the jar and shakes them down so that they settle down around the big rocks and says “is it full”. Some students get it and say “no” and some don’t and say “yes”. Then the tutor puts in sand, and all the students think it must be full by now. Finally the tutor pours in water.
The lesson you are supposed to draw from this is to do the big stuff first and you’ll get much more in than you expect. The other lesson is not to lift up a large jar full of rocks sand and water because it will smash on the floor if you drop it.
You see, I disagree with that lesson. (I would, of course).
Procrastination is the most wonderful tool if you fill in the time with displacement activities. I have actually done everything on my list, except make that phone call. Procrastination may be unsatisfying, but it can be remarkably effective. You just have to choose what to procrastinate about.
Right, that’s me. See you in a fortnight.