Is being productive another form of procrastination?
Sometimes it's - SQUIRREL!
I started fixing a surfboard ding today.
That fact in and of itself is ultimately unremarkable.
I surf. I break surfboards. I’m cheap. I fix them myself.
This particular ding, on this particular surfboard is three years old.
I’ve had it covered with a really great piece of tape. The board was watertight. The foam was dry. Any issues with the ding were aesthetic ones.
But the question remains: Why today? What are the circumstances that prompted such an act?
I’ve experienced some wild productivity lately.
Ideas are gushing from me.
I’m coming up with so much new content.
Recently, while attempting a rewrite of the introduction to The Book of Wrong Answers, I kept finding new bits of recent writing that will be excellent in my second book!
Therein lies the problem.
I’m trying to string together a new framework and actually finish the first one.
All of this incredible productivity?
It’s a kind of procrastination and ultimately an avoidant aspect of perfectionism.
This dude, who is writing about being foolish, taking risks and learning?
This dude here?
This me dude?
I need to read my own damn book.
But I guess that means that I need to finish it first.
How do you know if your recent productivity is a form of perfectionism through procrastination?
I’m avoiding the end of my book. Lots of reasons ‘why’ I don’t want to end.
None change my behaviour.
When I’m producing more and more, it’s just another way for me to hide.
So, with that knowledge, I will return you to your day.
And I shall return to my book.
How do you procrastinate?
Is your procrastination really productive?
It’s like the old saying goes:
Sometimes perfectionism looks like productivity, and sometimes procrastination is productive.