One of the things I do best in the world is Procrastinate. Yup. I admit it. Even being a business owner has not lessened this talent.
I have just procrastinated writing by using a small paint brush to clean out under my computer keys. I am so good at it!
Wikipedia defines Procrastination as ” the practice of doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, or carrying out less urgent tasks instead of more urgent ones, thus putting off impending tasks to a later time.”
There are many reasons why people procrastinate but I think that my big reason is that I tend to see the Whole Task that is ahead of me. So, say, if I need to clean a room the task becomes a huge multi faceted chore that could take weeks of dedication before the desired outcome is attained.
Side Note: I think this is the reason why many people put off starting seemingly difficult knit/crochet projects. They see the whole convoluted thing instead of seeing the project as a series of individual steps. Learn to break projects down to little steps.
I guess this comes with a desire to be perfect as well, though I hide that trait well.
This is turning into a self confessional. Another wonderful procrastinatory tool. Making up words is another tool I use too. It gets laughs and diverts attention.
Now that I have a phone I will often pick it up just to check it. Oh, and then play a game…or two.
Top 5 ways to avoid writing a Blog Post
- Clean the dust from around your computer keys with a small paintbrush.
- Take a picture of above activity to send to self.
- Confess inadequacies.
- Make up words.
- Check phone
Knitting (crocheting) and Procrastination.
There is a phenomenon that knitters (crocheters) call Start-itis. This is a most assuredly a method of procrastination. Working on a sweater that is in it’s boring run of stocking stitch or single crochets? How can one go on? It is so mind numbing. Blah.
Look! Sock yarn I have just purchased! I must cast on! I will just do the cuff! Let me try the design!….and so on….Start-itis
Oh my! Look at all the new projects on Ravelry! I must make a list of all the things I want to do! I must add them to my favorites! Procrastination!
Then I will start thinking of all the yarn I own and start pulling skeins out to play. Combining colors and textures. Imagining what I could do with said yarn.
One of my favorites is the need to ooh and aah over a project after each and every row. Look at how beautifully the pattern is coming out or how the colours are blending. Feel how soft/crunchy/firm/drapey….the fabric is. Many an hour to be wasted in this I promise.
Lastly, another method of procrastinating is to pull out an older project that you have procrastinated in finishing and get a it bit closer to the end or maybe actually finishing it!
It is interesting to note that all methods of procrastinating knitting/crocheting do not involve doing something that is not knitting or crocheting related. Why would you?
Top 5 Ways of Procrastinating Knitting or Crocheting
- Start a new project
- Favorite projects on Ravelry
- Play with yarn
- Look at and feel every row intently after each row is done.
- Find another UFO and decide it is time to finish it.
Knitting/ Crocheting as a Tool of procrastination
Need I say more?
- One more stitch
- One more row
- At the end of this pattern repeat
- Just let me finish the sleeve.
- I have a deadline
These and many other reasons can be given to delay any duty!
Use them well and use them often!
Procrastinate well my friends!