Those of you from a business background may have noticed the headline above has the capital letters of K, P and I. KPI in business terms, stands for 'Key Performance Indicator', so a little play on words gives us a different KPI. Certainly, a good indicator of performance is when we do
intentionally kill procrastination, and indeed, it is a killer. More on this here
Time is the
most important thing we, as human beings, have. We cannot do anything
without it, then I would put health second, as what is the point of time if we cannot use it? A defined purpose would be naturally sequential to me, followed by the things that support that purpose, food, shelter, money, material goods and so on.
Over the last decade, although I may have achieved a lot in the eyes of some people, I have also battled with procrastination, for many different reasons. Recently, I have found myself sitting in my rented cottage and feeling paralysed, for no real reason, which has been one of the most frustrating parts about it. Just staring out of the window, not doing, a very different 'me' to times past, where I couldn't sit still for five minutes.
I have found procrastination creeps up on me and, similar to the feeling of depression, I felt unable to talk to anyone about it, unable to do anything about it, until I am
doing something about it. It really is the strangest thing. So an adventure was needed, and even if it meant getting away for just one night, the calling had gotten too much, I had to pack up my bike and head somewhere.
That one night away has helped me reconnect with adventure and hopefully help me battle procrastination more effectively, the joy of accomplishing something is far greater than the emptiness of not trying.
One of the issues I have had since birth is not knowing
what I want/should/have to do in this life. More about this is in my book (still currently writing).
One famous example of procrastination and its damaging effects comes from the life of the renowned writer and philosopher, Victor Hugo.
In 1830, Hugo was given a contract to write a book, which he planned to complete in just six months. However, he quickly fell into a pattern of procrastination, putting off his writing and distracting himself with other activities. As the deadline approached, he found himself in a desperate situation, with only a few days left to finish the book.
In a desperate attempt to meet the deadline, Hugo locked himself in his room and worked for days without sleep, fueled by coffee and tobacco. Finally, he emerged from his room with the completed manuscript, just in time to meet the deadline.
The book, titled "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame," was a massive success and is still widely read today. However, Hugo's procrastination had significant consequences. The stress and pressure of the last-minute rush took a toll on his health, and he suffered from exhaustion and illness for months afterwards.
He realized that procrastination was not a sustainable or productive way to work and began to develop more disciplined writing habits. In his later years, he became known for his rigorous work ethic and dedication to his craft.
This story illustrates how procrastination can have damaging effects on our capacity for life. When we put off important tasks, we create unnecessary stress and pressure, which can take a toll on our mental and physical health. Additionally, procrastination can prevent us from reaching our full potential and achieving our goals, as we may miss out on opportunities or fail to produce our best work.