Efficiency. Productivity. Getting things done. Doing more things faster and better. Sharing things. Avoiding waste. Stronger. Faster. Better... Death.
Ok. Enough with the buzz words here. That should improve my Google keyword rankings...
Over the past few years we saw an incredible amount of content, apps and what not that help us to do more and more things in less and less time. Stuff that ultimately helps us to put in one more meeting, one more task in an already fully booked schedule.
Procrastination was proclaimed the worst enemy. Procrastination has to be avoided at all cost. Procrastination is for the weak.
The strong don't procrastinate. Successful people don't procrastinate. They are efficient. They only go home once all of the tasks on their to do lists are done.
I want to be one of them. I want to be successful. But I procrastinate all the time. So I will never be successful.
But what we seem to be missing while bashing procrastination and celebrating efficiency and getting more things done faster is the fact that every successful hunter needs to rest.
Back in the days when we were hunters and gatherers we would be out in the wilderness for days and days. And once we killed the prey we went home, got a few days rest and didn't do anything.
We didn't think “oh hey, I still need to clean up the mess in the kitchen”, or “oh wait, I have to bring out that garbage” or “oh, I still have to hand in that report on how I killed the prey” or “oh, there's another mammoth, I have to kill it right now so my neighbors will be impressed (jealous)”.
No, that's not what we did at all.
What we really did instead is nothing. We were not thinking about anything. We were simply recharging our batteries. We knew that we had to recharge our batteries or otherwise we wouldn't be able to kill anything anymore.
We knew that if we weren't properly rested we would turn into the prey...
One of the biggest predators on this planet earth, the lion sleeps more than 15 hours a day. Maybe more. I don't know. All I know is that in every documentary I watch about lions during 90% of the documentary they just hang out or sleep. Damn it. I want to be a lion!
And that's exactly what procrastination is for our brains.
When we procrastinate, it's usually our bodies or brains wanting to tell us something.
Procrastination is how our bodies try to influence our brains and tell them to slow down. To get some rest. To not jump from one mindless task to another. That we should wait. That we should recharge our batteries.
That the stuff we're about to be doing might be useless. That it's not the stuff we love doing. And doing the stuff we don't love over and over again will only make us weaker instead of stronger. It will drain our energy. We will become the prey.
I once had a job I didn't like. Every day when I got home I was super exhausted. I wasn't able to do anything. I turned on the TV, fell asleep on the sofa and woke up at 3am in the morning. I went to the bathroom, brushed my teeth and went to bed. That's all I was able to do. I quit that job.
Without noticing I became the prey. I didn't want to be the prey anymore. I wanted to be the hunter once again.
So if you ever feel like procrastinating, do it right. Don't try to fight it. Don't try to become even more efficient. But even more importantly don't be mad at yourself for procrastinating. The guilty conscience is what's going to kill you.
It will prevent you from properly recharging your batteries. Being angry at yourself and your laziness will take away even more energy than anything else out there.
Take your time and procrastinate the hell out of yourself (can you even say that? I don't know. It sounds good though). Procrastination is your mind telling you that it needs a break. That it needs to recharge its batteries. That you shouldn't do anything today. This week. This month. Maybe even this year.
If you don't listen to that inner voice, to that inner fire and try to ignore it all along, that fire might soon stop burning. It might burn out. And once that inner fire burns out you'll burn out...