John Lennon sang “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” But I always find that other plans are what happen when I’m busy making any plan. I begin by planning to pull the ugly wall-unit out of the dining room and end by spending several months planning and making an action painting with a group of friends. This is undoubtedly procrastination:
Procrastination is generally supposed to be a bad thing, weakness, a flaw, but I’m not so sure. How can you tell whether you are worse off for delaying what you intended to do? Isn’t it a good thing if your pencils are sharp, you have a list of what you need to do and hesitate to finish what you are making because it could still be improved? How do you value what you did compared to what you intended to or “should” do?
My friends and I had a wonderful time planning and making the painting. The dining room eventually got re-modelled. And I still have the painting.
Which brings me to this website “Epic Procrastination”. It’s an exploration of the many elaborate things I have done when I had fully intended to do something else. My search through the time I’ve wasted to find out what I really lost.
I’ll leave you to wonder what I should have been doing whilst I was working on it.