November 22, 2010
“The Procrastinators” is a short film series by the Dutch duo Lernert & Sander. They interviewed artists, writers, fashion designers, filmmakers and comedians about their daily battle against procrastination.
Maybe you think about having a first glass of wine before noon. Maybe you think about getting a mocha latte down the block. Maybe you think about a certain song, but forget the name and blow an hour on Google. Maybe you think about the hideous wall paper in your basement. Maybe you don’t think at all.
Whatever you were thinking about probably doesn’t help get your work done.
I work in an agency environment, where deadlines often keep me on my toes making constant progress. The trouble is, very little outside of work gets done the way it does while on the clock.
I admit I am a big procrastinator when it comes to personal projects. So I decided to start a project called 1 object a day. Each day I will explore making a new object from things that I don’t use or have forgotten about, I will then post it on a blog for the next 365 days.
1 object a day is not my cure for procrastination, but rather an exercise about problem solving through making things with my hands. Hopefully the motivation will come from the satisfaction I get during the process.
So next time when I think about having that glass of wine before noon or replying to that dirty text, I know I should wander to my garage or closet and find something to make.
Do you have your own way of fighting procrastination?
December 3, 2010