Friday, January 25, 2013
I was thinkin' 'bout where we are now. It's January 25th. Exactly a month after Christmas and a few weeks after the beginning of the New Year... and more than half way to Valentine's Day from there, too. By now many of us have forgotten all about those New Year's Resolutions set only a few weeks ago, so earnestly and with so much *anticipation. But, I think I've found a useful tool to keep the motivation going. Success, in and of itself, tends to be especially motivating. However, I discovered this other new tool quite by accident when I was having an especially busy day. I had made tea one morning --and I'm sure you can relate to the mad rush to get out the door on a typical weekday. Well, I heat up my water for tea using the microwave. (Nuke a mug of water for two to three minutes. Could it be any easier?) On this particular day I was really racing... gotta GO!!! So, naturally, I forgot said mug in the microwave. Darn! I was really looking forward to enjoying that tea. Even though the tea would not have cost me any calories, this got me thinking about all of the other things that I tend to crave. The things that call my name from the kitchen, drawing me in like the siren's song to those poor, doomed sailors. (Ship)wrecking my healthy eating plans and intentions. (Sorry. Had to. I don't want to mix my metaphors, or rather similes, though. So back to the topic at hand.) If only I could forget about those things before I pillaged the cupboards and fridge. (Arrr, matey! Land Ho! Okay. I'll stop. Really.) Ahem... recovered now, I think.... I have, on occasion, been one of those people (hated by others, I'm told) who actually forgets to eat. Not so much in recent years, but I do have a history of this.
Procrastination is generally regarded as a bad thing. For example, putting off going to the gym or stopping whatever bad habit or starting one's latest resolution. But, what if I put off what I was craving? Hmm... that might actually work! So, that's what I've been doing lately. It works like a charm --or like some really cool jujitsu move; using your attacker's weight/strength/momentum against him and flipping him, leaving that criminal wondering what hit him while you make your escape (with the pirate's booty? --or with a smaller booty yourself). Ha! Take THAT bad pirate criminal guy! : P (I have no idea how THIS became the theme here. It sure is buoyant.)
So, here's that poll question now:
Do you consciously use procrastination to your advantage?
C. I've meant to, but I keep putting it off
So, why do what you can do today when you can put it off until tomorrow? Get crackin' with the procrastination, *cause these are the good old days.
*Props/credits, of course to Carly Simon (despite my minor adjustments).
Have a Sparkly Day today... or tomorrow... whatever.