Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task. ~William James

Thursday, February 23, 2012

1000 Awesome Things for Procrastinators: The First Ten

Like many web visitors, I make frequent pilgrimages to Neil Pasricha's 1000 Awesome Things for inspiration, amusement and cheer.  

For today's post, I am channeling my inner Neil.  If Neil were a procrastinator, or if my inner Neil were awesome, we might see 1000 Awesome Things for Procrastinators.   Here are ten things I can imagine on the list, contributed by the angel and the devil of procrastination, five each:

Good Awesome (from the angel of reform)

#1  Already being in your seat/on your mat/on the dias before your meeting/yoga class/speaker's introduction begins.  (Whew!)

#2 Turning in a project before its due date.

#3 Crossing off backlogged items on your to-do list.

#4 Starting on something well ahead of time.

#5 Facing a clean desk first thing in the morning.

Guilty Pleasure Awesome (sources of joy from the devil of delay)

#1 Finally winning at solitaire (which my old British novels call Patience).  Especially if you're playing the version that celebrates with applause audio and dancing cards!  (Unless you're in public, or at work, where you'll want to mute that potentially embarrassing telltale sound effect.)

#2 Facebook Games!  What a colossal  waste of time!  And you can connect up with your friends and help them waste time too!  And publicize your non productive behavior!

#3 Killing an hour (or two, or three) surfing the web.  Sooooo much good information, and the thrill of addiction.

#4 Letting something go for so long that it becomes moot.  Like finally accepting in May that you're not going to get around to sending holiday cards this (last) year.

#5 Forgetting to write down an appointment, so you can forget to keep it. 

I have not fleshed these out ala Mr. Pasricha, because I am late getting this post done tonight.  But the reader can picture each awesome item accompanied with a charming illustration, and some written long and featuring internal rhymes.  

While I'm at it, here's an Awesome Thing for this blogger--the creative piggyback.  Awesome!

And thank you, Neil Pasricha, the back to my pig.  (Your crown is safe.)

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