Time, what a fascinating concept -- the idea that the clock is always ticking and never really winding backward, always moving forward one second at a time.
It’s a theory that we, as human beings, are the only species on the entire planet earth consciously aware of it.
A lion or a badger or poodle has no freaking clue what time is nor would they really care. They just, ya know, live their own little animal lives, without regards to this bizarre theory of time.
Here we are though, so aware of this mathematical structure called “time” and what does it do to us?
Well, it makes us for lack of a better phrase really fucking stressed.
I mean, put it this way, when you think about “time”, you’re probably often thinking about how limited it is. You don’t have enough time to do this or that. You’re nearly out of time to get so and so done or accomplish such n’ such.
You’re thinking about how time must be spent. After all, like money, it’s a resource. And as a resource, you have to allocate it efficiently, spend it wisely.
And it’s in this “frugal” -like mindset you have over time that you begin arranging your thoughts in something along the lines of:
“There’s never enough time to do all the things that I want to do.”
You’re likely to believe that.
I mean look at you. You’ve got bills to pay, mouths to feed. You’ve got duties. You’ve got a real life! …to take care of.
All the meanwhile you have a lot of things you WANT to do, but feel like you CAN’T do because of all the things you HAVE to do.
And you’ll probably express this sentiment with a common expression that goes as follows:
“I’m too busy” or “I don’t have the time”
Look, man, let me make something clear to you: You HAVE the time.
See, the way you gotta see this is there’s TIME…. And there’s what you do with it.
It’s real simple. There’s time and what you do with it.
None of this “I don’t have it” crap! Get the fuck outta here, man!
We all have time, dude.
Now, unlike money, for example, as a resource, time is not something you just sort of win the birth lottery in to be born in a lot of wealth.
You know, a poor man has as much time as a rich man. We all have the same 24 hours in a day and it’s not arbitrarily dependent on how much you “own”.
One could argue though that time is money and that a poor man must spend a lot more time working than a rich man in order to cover just the basic necessities, while a rich man can spend more time in leisure, since his bills can easily be taken care of with his fat fucking wallet.
Valid point here. I’m not gonna lie. No doubt, a rich man probably has a lot more so called “free” time than a poor man, due to the very nature of the fact that he simply doesn’t have to work very much in order to pay his bills.
But man, look what I want you to get, what I want you to really grasp is that if we look at something like paying bills or showing up to work, for example -- things you supposedly “have to” do. Again, in order to make ends meet or whatever.
The things is…you don’t have to do them.
You DO NOT have to do any of that shit.
You don’t. You can embrace laziness and be a true procrastin8r, putting off those finicky little obligations of yours.
Now you may of course say, well I don’t go to work then I can’t pay bills and if I can’t pay bills then I’ll get evicted from my home and if I get evicted my home than I’ll be living on the streets and then…
Ah, yeah! You see what you’re doing.
Consequences, consequences. You’re listing CONSEQUENCES. A bunch of them, at that! That’s what you’re doing. Just listing consequences. Pure. Genuine consequences
When you’re saying “if I don’t do this, then that”, all you’re doing is rolling out a list of the negative repercussions of failing to do said task or action.
And while there are indeed CONSEQUENCES for not showing up to work “as scheduled” or not paying your bills “on time”, the fact of the matter is you *still* don’t actually HAVE TO do those things.
It’s not a matter of if you have to or not. You don’t HAVE TO do anything.
It’s a matter of what consequences you’re willing to pay or put up with.
Basically, we’re always choosing consequences.
And I mean, for argument’s sake, the consequence of choosing to go to work instead of lie in bed all day include becoming overworked and overstressed. There’s the consequence of coming home, exhausted physically and mentally- just utterly drained. That’s definitely a consequence. That’s definitely a repercussion of your actions….or inaction, at least.
See, man. You have freedom to CHOOSE what you do with your time.
Again, you’re not running out of it. You have plenty of it -plenty of time-- to do the things you want to do. The same 24 hours every day. You choose what to do every single second.
And yet, you CHOOSE TO prioritize these supposed obligations that you have.
Obligation is just a mindset, a slavery mindset. You’ve been brainwashed to be an obedient corporate slave, who follows orders and works towards his duty without question or hesitation.
You’re not too busy. You CHOOSE to be busy, man
Look at the procrastin8r. What does he do? He sits at home, watching movies on Netflix or playing video games in his boxers on the couch.
He doesn’t care about these duties or obligations. The concept of time and very well “wasting” it doesn’t bother him. He doesn’t give a fuck. He just does what he wants. And enjoys every second of it.
He feels there’s “plenty of time”, things will get done “later.
As a procrastin8r, time is no longer a series of protocols and obligations but a resource to spend with it how you want.
Now before I go further on that point, I want to make it clear I’m not necessarily advocating *actually* lying in bed all day instead of going to work or doing what you’ve gotta do to pay those bills.
I’m not saying DON’T do that. I’m saying don’t feel like you *have* to.
There’s plenty of time to do the things, all the things that you want to. You just CHOOSE NOT to do them. You see?
You’re choosing one set of consequences over the other. It’s not that you *have to* go to work, it’s not that you *need to* pay the bills. It’s that you chose to prioritize the importance of those things over say, a bit of leisure.
And remember, by prioritizing one thing, you are in turn PROCRASTINATING another.
You are always putting off one thing to do another. Even if you choose to do the productive thing, you are putting off time to rest. And putting off rest has consequences too, if you think about it.
The pain in your neck from putting the burden of stress there, the irritability, the lack of energy and maybe even happiness.
You must learn to Procrastinate with Purpose. Yes, that’s a phrase I say all the time. But it’s true.
You must realize that you pick what to procrastinate on. You choose what to do with your time….or at the very least, you have that power within you.
Maybe you’ve been following the same tired routine day in and day out, feeling like this is what you gotta do.
I’ll tell you man, if you’re living that way, well I’d hate to break it to you but you aren’t even LIVING!
You’re just existing.
And I don’t know about you, man. But I’m here to LIVE, not exist.
I’m here to enjoy my time, not worry about how I SHOULD BE spending it.
Stop shoulding yourself, dude! Do what you want, not what you feel like you “should be” doing.
Free yourself from the mindset that there’s all these things you SHOULD do, all these things you HAVE to do.
Leave behind the corporate salve mindset and enter one of the lazy.
Live a life of desire and not of obligation.
It’s your time. Do what you want with it. That…is the procrastin8r way
Take it easy,