What if procrastination was not the terrible time waster that we are all told that it is? What if in fact it could clear the way for new inspiration?
These days there are a lot of things that can take up your time, you can easily become distracted by the latest Facebook post, random emails, let alone various job and other things you feel you would rather be doing. I am not suggesting that you should give into all these little distractions all the time, yet there are some activities that can help you to focus your attentions later on.
My favourite things to procrastinate on that get results.
1. Exercise, a walk, especially one in nature, could be all that you need. A walk in nature can often help you to clear your head and help you feel clearer about priorities. Exercise is also great for your brain. If you are like me you might write that next talk in your head while you are going for a walk instead of staring at a computer screen.
2. De –cluttering. Start with your desk / office if it needs it before moving to other rooms in your house. I am not suggesting spending the whole day clearing our draws, just one at a time or one part at a time, re sort your clothes maybe or clean and restack cupboards and draws in the kitchen. There is something about de-cluttering that seems to clear space in your head as well as your environment.
3. A bit of decorating. Again, let’s not get too carried away, I am not suggesting redecorating a whole house or even a whole room – of course that is a great think to do every once in a while. What I am talking about though is moving furniture around, getting a new indoor plant or cushion, putting some fresh flowers in a vase. The environment you live and work in has an impact on the environment within you. This is why De-cluttering works so well.
4. Gardening. Weeding and planting new plants can give you both that bit of fresh air and something else to focus your attention on as well as a sense of achievement. Gardening is also grounding and helps you connect to what is important in life.
5. Nothing. Doing nothing, is much more productive then filling the time with Facebook, twitter, emails or whatever other little things could take up your time. Doing nothing, in my opinion is time well spent, and something that is not done often these days. While doing nothing, you can listen to your own inner wisdom; you can listen to your breathing.
Next time you feel stuck working on a project and find yourself wondering about what is in the pantry, on Facebook or emails, instead choose something from the list above and see and feel the benefits for yourself.