Is there really anything good to say about procrastination?
We’ve written here so often about the need to do it NOW – whatever “it” is – to start downsizing now, to make a decision about the clutter now, to be more organized now, that perhaps I’m posting this in the wrong place…
But before we dismiss procrastination as something that is to be avoided at all cost, let’s take a look at it from both sides.
We are all very familiar with the downside of procrastinating.
If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.
~ Olin Miller
Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.
~ W.B. Yeats
They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
~ Andy Warhol
Maybe, just maybe, it’s time to look at the upside of procrastinating.
A time to rest, to dream instead of do.
~ Sophie Fonanel
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
~ Annie Dillard
Why should I not sit, every morning of my life, on the hillside, looking into the shining world?
~ Mary Oliver
What can we gain from taking time away from the task at hand, from putting down the always present to-do list? We give ourselves an opportunity to rest, to dream, to look out on the hillside, to mark our days with thought and contemplation.
We can stop always having to do, and just be.
≈Linda Hetzer is an editor and author of books on home design, crafts, and food, and coauthor of Moving On: A Practical Guide to Downsizing the Family Home.
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