Tuesday, June 26, 2012
“The Art of Procrastinating”
from the book, The Art of Doing Nothing, by Veronique Vienne with photographs by Erica Lennard
“When confronted with a flat surface — stone, ice, or glass — water always meanders…. One of the most plentiful compounds on earth, water is also the single largest constituent of our bodies. The world is 70 percent water — and so are we. It should come as no surprise, then, that human beings tend to dillydally as soon as they are in a pressure-free environment. For us, as for most living organisms in nature, the path of least resistance is a succession of languid curves.
Procrastination is innate. It is an invisible force that drives rivers into serpentine patterns, undersater currents into sinuous pathe, jet streams into winding courses — and you and me into a rambling mode.
What purpose these convolutions serve, no one knows…. To be sure, there are, for people at least, definite advantages to meandering.
For one thing, it takes you places you would otherwise have missed. It also gets you to do things that are long overdue. Instead of paying bills, for example, you decide to organize your sock drawer. Rather than fix the garage door, you give the new puppy a bath.. How about working on your novel? First you want to strip the waxy buildup off the kitchen floor. Maybe procrastinating is nature’s way of tidying up messes and cleaning up corners.
Too bad most of us postpone goofing off until Saturday or Sunday. In doing so, we ut pressure on the weekend. Procrastinating on schedule creates yet another form of obligation. So try to waste time on the spur of the moment, on a Wednesday or a Thursday. Later — much later — when you get the hand of it, you’ll be able to show off and fritter time away on a Monday.
Also, begin your procrastinating practice at home. Learn to vagabond between four walls before you venture outdoors. And because decelerating involves quite a lot of zigzagging and bounding up and down, be sure to wear athletic shoes in order to get enough traction.”