Why I love Procrastination.

Why do we complete some tasks with such ease while others create such resistance?

Maybe it’s the universe letting us know that it’s not the exact moment that particular task should be completed. Maybe there is more information, energy, help, guidance or whatever heading our way to complete the task correctly.

I love procrastination. It is my biggest source of motivation to get stuff done. Seriously, you should see how productive I am while procrastinating on a particular item. I will do anything other than that task. It’s the time when I fly through my long-term ongoing to do list.

We need to trust that what needs to be done is always completed in the end. With this trust we can let go of all of the guilt associated with procrastinating. Guilt just adds more resistance. We really are doing the best we can with what we have available in any given moment.

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This beautiful artwork by Hayden Ireland can be purchase here

Sometimes we might be struggling with procrastination because we really do simply need a break. We’re not lazy. It’s the quality of our breaks that determine the quality of our work. As entrepreneurs, business owners or parents it can be so hard to draw a line between work, rest and play.  The following poem taught me this lesson.

  FIRE ~ Judy Brown

What makes a fire burn
is space between the logs,
a breathing space.
Too much of a good thing,
too many logs
packed in too tight
can douse the flames
almost as surely
as a pail of water would.

So building fires
requires attention
to the spaces in between,
as much as to the wood.

When we are able to build
open spaces
in the same way
we have learned
to pile on the logs,
then we can come to see how
it is fuel, and absence of the fuel
together, that make fire possible.

We only need to lay a log
lightly from time to time.

A fire
grows
simply because the space is there,
with openings
in which the flame
that knows just how it wants to burn
can find its way.

Find this beautiful poem here

It’s time to embrace procrastination instead of beating ourselves up over it. Procrastination can be a useful tool; it can be a subtle clue that it’s time to rest or play. Procrastination can be something we use to empower instead of defeating ourselves.

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