A while back, someone badly wanted me to make a major change to an event that was happening a week later: I declined. I can’t tell you how many times a person will bring up something controversial in the last 10 or 15 minutes of a meeting, creating stress and anxiety that was never necessary for others. I, myself, had a bad habit of jamming my day with to do’s that I was always rushing to complete, and feeling constantly out of time.
After running projects and events for a couple of decades, I always view last minute changes with extreme suspicion, because I know how disruptive these will be. Just as bring up something controversial when there’s no time for adequate review or response is disruptive. Just as believing that everything needs to be done right away is unproductive and makes me feel like I’m always running out of time.
I used to live last-minute habitually. Now, I do it every once in a while, when I’m feeling particularly anxious. I suspect that, for me, living last-minute is my way of feeling like I’ve accomplished something, even if it isn’t what I need to accomplish. For me, it’s a way of not noticing that I am procrastinating, and when I finally do notice, I might have been procrastinating for days, or weeks, or months, or even years.
How sad is that!
Last minute living: It makes me feel alive, but perhaps simply hides that I’m delaying really living.
Quote of the Week
“If you believe you can accomplish everything by ‘cramming’ at the eleventh hour, by all means, don’t lift a finger now. But you may think twice about beginning to build your ark once it has already started raining.”
– Max Brooks
Inside the mind of a master procrastinator
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