I’ve come to realise that I am a procrastinator. I don’t necessarily put things off because they’re difficult or because I don’t like them. Sometimes I delay doing things that I enjoy and that I want to do.
For example, I fully intended to start a project today that I’ve been looking forward to. This is what I did instead:-
I got up late.
I went for a walk.
I took photographs while out walking.
I came home, cooked dinner, went to the hospital to fill in for another presenter at the station, came home (again), and took more photos.
It was actually interesting to take these and to experiment with different shutter speeds and lighting methods.
In all of these photographs I used extra light from a torch. The one below probably got a bit too much torch light. It shows up the plastic leaves on the branches, and I should probably have hid the wires.
This is the top of the piano. ‘Scuse the dust. I’ll sort it out on the 6th.
The Cinderella ornament below is the topper that we had on our wedding cake. It sat on one tier, while the horse and carriage pictured beside it (in the previous photo) sat on another.
Taking photographs did not contribute towards me getting my project started.
I came across a really good article on procrastination this evening. I’ve always been of the impression that I work best under pressure but this is what the article had to say on the subject (with regard to writing a paper):-
Myth #3: “I do my best work under pressure.”
Challenge: There are lots of other ways to create pressure for yourself, besides waiting until the night before the paper is due to start writing it. You can set a time limit for yourself—for example, “I will write this paragraph in ½ hour”—or you can pretend that the paper is a timed essay exam. If you do this a week or two before the paper is due, you’ll have a draft in plenty of time to revise and edit it.
If only I’d read this ages ago. You wouldn’t believe the number of people who’ve told me that they work better under pressure too. Next time someone tells me this I’m going to point them in the direction of that webpage.
I intend to create a time table in the morning (no, seriously I do), for the project that I’ve been putting off for a while, and I’m going to apply this to future projects that I undertake in the future.
This is a Proper 2012 New Year’s Resolution #1