Procrastination, the hidden superpower?
This is the confessions of a photographer who is a perfectionist with procrastination paralysis. I have many other faults but this will do for now.
While in a “lost my Mojo or Muse” for photography the last 4 years, my procrastination has paralysed me to stupid proportions. Tasks that would take 5 minutes to complete are put on the back burner for days, weeks or months if there is no pressing deadlines. Duke Ellington once said “I don’t need more time, I need a deadline.” or something to that effect.
For me, the feeling of procrastination paralysis is physically felt in the upper chest to throat region. It’s a suffocating, choking sensation that takes away all sensible reasoning and leaves you with crushing guilt and shame.
Now I know you are probably saying to yourself, if this is a superpower you can keep your proton pill and fly back to the planet you came from. However, hear me out. I can only talk about my own habits but i’m sure there are many more like me. So here’s the secret. Procrastinators, me, are fantastic researchers. In this year alone I have gone down the rabbit hole of endless information on philosophy (history of), film photography ( cameras and film types. I desire a Black Leica MP ), fountain pens, journals, mens shavers, analogue watches, coffee (beans, grinders, dispensers), kettlebells, minimalist wallets, becoming Vegan ( I did do this but it mainly came about through procrastination.) cryptocurrency, stock market technical analysis, Lumafusion video editing on the iPad Pro. (I’m just waiting out for the next release of the iPad Pro before I dive into this….or I might procrastinate more.)
We, me, master procrastinators are an untapped wealth of not so useless information. If we don’t know the answer to a particular problem or desire, I’m sure we could find the answer next time we put on our superpower procrastination cap and fly off to somewhere we shouldn’t be.
What have you discovered on your superhero journey?
Before I go you should checkout Tim Urban’s TED talk “Inside the mind of a master procrastinator”. Explains my mind exactly. https://youtu.be/arj7oStGLkU