In the good company of entrepreneurs
Are you one of the 14% of UK’s working population who works for yourself. I am!
And if you are, like me and so many others in UK and everywhere where solopreneurs and the Free Agent Nation are booming, you are probably obsessed with productivity and getting things done.
You also probably beat yourself up for procrastinating. And you feel really bad on days when you just cannot get yourself going?
Is that you? Well, you are in good company. We all feel the same way.
To stay sane, this is what you need to know about procrastination and productivity
1 Keep your to do list simple
2 Accept that some days you need to chill out
3 And for the surprise – procrastination may be a sign of experience
I am not going to write on keeping your to do list simple. Lot’s of people have done that. I also won’t write on chilling out. I’ll do that another day.
Let me stick to the surprise that procrastination is wise
. . . and remind you about Caesar as he sat with his army on the wrong side of the River Rubicon. He knew that once he crossed the Rubicon, he would be declaring war on the city of Rome. And battle would commence.
You are like Caesar waiting to invade Rome
Some times, when we are resisting getting down to work, we are in the same position as Caesar on the edge of the Rubi con. We know that once we cross, there is no going back. We will be causing less strife, but once we get started, we will accomplish this task no matter what.
As Caesar undertook a long march and bloody battles before he triumphed, so will we. We know we face long hours, physical fatigue, frustrations, disappointments, conflict and anger.
We know about the power of goals. Once we get going, we move inexorably toward them. We don’t get care what gets in our path. We trample over it all in our determination to win our prize.
With age comes wisdom
When we are twenty-something, we are very good at crossing the Rubicon because at that fresh age, we don’t really understand the damage we do as we stampede everyone in our way.
When we are older, we resist. We know that the victory is not always worth the battle. We know we emerge the other side as a different person. And there is no going back. At the very least, we want to linger and enjoy the desultory delights of just being with people before battle commences and carnage ensues.
But we do get moving eventually
But we do get moving when battle calls. We know, rather sadly, that we enjoy the battle even though it has consequences. We will even make new friends, because undoubtedly once we set forth with a clear mission, the universe does conspire to help us.
Get you things. Dreams mean work.
So we dilly-dally for a while. Half-treasuring the present. Half-summoning up the psychological resources. Is that so unwise?
We will be leaving soon and we must say good-bye properly so we can so hello to a new dawn.
- Crossing the Rubicon – when vague wish becomes determined intent
- Procrastination, Thoreau, and modern psychologists
- The antidote to exhaustion is wholeheartedness
- Little-and-often: The secret of beating writer’s block, procrastination, etc etc and so on
- Don’t achieve your goals! Enjoy them. They’ll be gone far too soon!
- Work-bingeing, flu, procrastination?
- Do you live restlessly in the shadow of adrenaline-inducing goals?
- Managing multiple and inter-dependent goals
- Shift gears before Christmas with Inpowr
- Tight planning or joyful priotizing for 2010?