Bad habits - that’s what this is about.
What is a habit anyway? According to recent studies by my brain, a habit is just a fancy way of saying lazy. There is empirical proof that given a task to be completed within a certain amount of time, an invisible timer counting down to the deadline automagically appears inside my head. While this timer goes about its business, I don’t. I just look at it, hypnotized by the blinking of the red LEDs. Eventually I fall asleep, only to wake up reinvigorated with the determination to complete the task. “This time”, I tell myself. Quick check of the timer - 2 days to go. Blink. Blink. Blink. Blink. Blink…… zzzzzz.
This is a common phenomenon as observed by many versions of myself over the last decade. “This is just the tip of the iceberg”, says Me.2011 before jumping into depth-first searches about icebergs and tips to avoid them. “Many people call it procrastination so that they can lie to themselves with the comfort of having used a word like procrastination to describe their current state. But we scientist types know better” he says in a reassuring matter-of-factly kind of tone while doing a spell check for procrastination. Me.2008 has a different opinion on the matter - that’s all he said before trying to find anything else to do besides elaborating on his opinion. Other versions of myself were more forthcoming and very excited about the prospect of discussing this in greater detail. One of them suggested we come up with an outline of what needs to be discussed and another two have volunteered to schedule a meeting in the coming week.
Clearly, this phenomenon is quite deep rooted. Before moving ahead, it’s time for a short break:
Maybe that’s it - commercial breaks! We have grown up on that stuff and all those years of subliminal messaging has finally rewired our brains to crave breaks. Wow! Never occurred to me before.
A more likely argument is that I’m just trying to find something else to cling to so that I don’t have to discuss the real reason behind the problem. There could be several reasons behind this, one of the biggest ones being time spent in thinking about what could be the reason followed closely by the incredulous sounding how could that be a reason!
In conclusion, it is evident that procrastination is not the problem. It’s just a comfortable way of saying “I am fucking lazy”. If you identify with any of the traits mentioned above and if you are reading this because you have something else to do, I would like to offer you a handshake as consolation.
We are creatures of habit and laziness can be a seriously bad habit. Not bad as in you become old or fat or something bad happens, but bad as in NOTHING HAPPENS. You stand still as the world passes you by, stagnant as puddles of water on the road soon to become the natural habitats of malaria-spreading mosquitoes. Everyone hates mosquitoes.