You are told to get THERE at THAT moment.
You should move out by your late teens. You should graduate college by your early 20s. You should marry someone by your late 20s. You should have kids by your early 30s. You should have your career together by your mid 30s. The list goes on and on. These are the types of things of talking about.
You know, man, there’s a lot of pressure to fulfill things in your life by some sort of arbitrary “due date”.
As a procrastin8r you know though that [due dates suck! It’s better to get things done “eventually”, if you even choose to partake in them at all, for that matter.] Don’t feel obligated to adjust your life to meet the schedule of someone else’s expectations. Nothing is required of you and nothing is certainly required to do by a set amount of time.
See, there’s this bit of a timeline of expectations in society. We’re told to accomplish one thing or another by a certain age or within a set period. And it’s like if you don’t, then you’re just a failure or something.
It’s as if your entire worth as a human being is determined by your ability to play out a series of pre-written events within an assigned itinerary.
But ya know what, fellow procrastin8r? You don’t have to schedule your life based on the expectations of others. You don’t have to feel compelled to rearrange your goals that are established by some third party. Do your own thing, in your own time. Be your own Dude.
Make your own goals and allow them to meet your own schedule.
Put off things until *you* are ready to do them, if you decide you even want to do them in the first place. Heck, it’s totally cool if you decide to be lazy and NOT do them at all. There ain’t no crime in that.
Don’t feel compelled to put things on your calendar of life that you have no real desire to participate in. And if you do desire to do them, for yourself, then don’t feel it must be done on a specific time on the clock.
Time is nothing but an artificial mechanism. Clocks are man-made. Don’t let the hand of a clock force your hand into doing something...ever.
You don’t have to go to college. You don’t have to get married or have kids. And at that, you don’t have to do it by a very particular age either. Face it, the face on the clock wields no power over you.
You don’t have to do anything in this frivolous agenda assigned to you by the people in your life or society at large.
Build your own agenda, dude. Do things you want to do, WHEN you want to do them, IF you want to even do them at all.
Today, we’re gonna talk about the importance of doing things when and if you feel like it.
After all, it’s the lazy thing to not take due dates too seriously and get them done at a precise time.
Man, I don’t know about you but I hate trying to scram and get things done by a certain date. And if I do decide to get it done by a certain date, you bet your ass I’m gonna [do it last minute].
Of course, you’ll be told over and over “you should have this particular thing done by this specific time.”
You’ll be told you should get your degree by the time you're 22 and you should have your first “real job” a year later. You’ll be told to get married and have kids by the time you’re 28 and to buy your first house by 30. You should retire by the time you’re 60 and live in a nursing home when you’re 70.
Dude, who comes up with this shit anyway?
Someone long ago made this their life and now we all seem to want to follow suit and do the exact same thing within the exact same time frame.
I’m calling bullshit. I mean, seriously, what the fuck kind of Almighty Calendar holds that sort of power over us to the point where we will literally reorganize our entire *life* just to fit the schedule of some imagined omnipotent secretary who creates our timetable in a divine spreadsheet?
C’mon now. There’s no obligation like that. You’re not bond to some sort of mystical contract with anyone. You’re not locked into any sort of sacred pact to fulfill just by merely existing.
If you don’t say your wedding vows to a lifelong partner by the time you’re 30 or get your first car when you’re 16, it really ain’t that deep. You can do it when you want to, if you even want to in the first place.
Stop pressuring yourself to live out this pre-written “life fantasy timeline” and create your own timeline, write your own story.
We’re not required to do things by a certain date, nor should we feel that way. Take it as a suggestion, not a permanent rule that dictates your life and the way you live it.
Due dates are suggestions. Totally optional. That’s the way of the procrastin8r.
Stop Comparing Yourself to Others!
And sometimes, you won’t even be told that verbally to get things done by a specific time,;sometimes you’ll just feel external pressure from other people around you achieving that something much more quickly than you have.
You’ll feel like you’re lagging behind somehow.
You might watch your peers and close friends run off and get married and start families, meanwhile while you’re sittin’ around at home alone and single. You may think to yourself “I should be married and having kids by now like them,” or something similar depending on the situation.
I know, it can be hard to deal with the pressure of not attaining a certain standard compared to your peers, but even if you are lagging behind your friends in terms of a particular achievement, whether its marriage or starting a career or something else,[don’t let it bother you.]
You can’t let it bother you. Go with the flow, man and stop trying to “measure up” to what others are doing around you. Be in your own flow, dance to your own groove, man. Don’t give a fuck about what others are doing and when they are doing it.
Just because one person did this thing by a certain age, doesn’t mean you are in any way, shape, or form obligated to pull off the same maneuver. You just do you.
Be a lifelong slacker, not a meticulous tryhard that insists on doing things a certain way by a certain time.
Don’t follow the footsteps of where everyone else is going. Walk your own path. And as always, take it slow n’ steady.
It ain’t a race. Don’t try to rush it through. Just take your time to attain the things you want to attain and don’t compare and contrast that progress to anyone else, other than yourself.
Look at how far you have *personally* come, not how far you have come in comparison to another person.
So what if they achieved this one thing that you’ve barely made any progress on? They can suck it. It ain’t in your interest how well they’re doing in regards to your own doing.
Make your life match your own pace, not the pace of others. You’re not here to compete. You’re here to have a good time. Remember that.
Focus on having a good time, not winning. Besides, at the end of the day, there is no winner, just losers who fell in the trap of trying to live their life under the guidelines of an agenda they thought they had to carry out.
The only way you have to carry out said agenda is out to the trash. Kick it to the curbside -- your tendency to want to be what others expect you to be, when they expect you to be it.
Look in the mirror and ask yourself what do YOU want to do. Don’t look in the social media feeds for that answer.
Keep on slacking off the things you don’t really want to do right now, despite the fact that other people might have already done it or are in the process of doing it soon.
You know it, fellow procrastin8r. Better late than never.
You can always do things later, no matter what anyone else tells you or tries to convince you of. You can wait until the time is right *for you*. I mean, let’s take a look at a couple celebrities and famous people that made it a success through the art of procrastination, that is, waiting until later in life to make it big.
It wasn’t until Alan Rickman was 46 that he got his role in Die Hard and went on to live out a successful acting career, becoming Professor Snape in harry Potter. Similarly, Bryan Cranston didn’t land a role in Malcolm in the Middle until he was 44 years old, going on to star in arguably one of the best TV dramas, Breaking Bad. Although Samuel Jackson started acting in as early as the 70s, it wasn’t until he was 45 when he played Jules in Tarintino’s Pulp Fiction that launched his name into fame.
Anna Mary Robertson Moses (aka “Grandma Moses”) is a legendary procrastinator. She became a famous artist and didn’t start painting until the ripe old age of 78 years old. To this day, her work is shown in museums and even found on Hallmark greetings cards.
As you can see, it is indeed possible to make it a success as a procrastinator. I mean these people were procrastinators through and through. They certainy didn’t live up to the arbitrary societal expectation to launch your career by your mid 20s. They waited on it until *they* were ready, until they wanted to get started.
You’re never too old to do the things you want to do. Don’t think you “missed your chance” just because you didn’t do it while you were young. Don’t believe your “one shot is gone” just because you missed the apparent expiration date of “your prime days.”
Just because you didn’t do it THEN, doesn’t mean you can’t do it NOW.
Procrastinate With Purpose
Do things you set out to do in due time. [Wait until tomorrow] or whatever day you want. When you decide to chase after a goal, take the mindset of “eventually”.
Eventually you’ll do it. Eventually it’ll come to be. Eventually you’ll win.
You know, why do you think people wind up in a mid-life crisis? It’s like they wake up and realize that the life they are living is not the life they want to actually live.
They followed the fantasy timeline to a tee and now what? Now, they’re living in regret of choosing to meet an agenda instead of meeting their desires.
When you procrastinate, you give yourself time to find what it is you truly want. You give yourself time to choose how you actually want to live your own life, rather than following an outline of what to do and when.
There’s freedom in that. There’s freedom in being able to slack off a bit and say “not yet” when the outside world is pressuring you to do it NOW, NOW NOW!
And even if you see everyone else around you doing something you do in fact want to do, right now, but you yourself haven’t gotten around to it. Tell yourself “not yet.” Tell yourself “some day, Say it with me now: eventually.”
There’s no rush
You’re not a complete failure just because you didn’t accomplish one thing at one moment. Decide what you want to do, but don’t set an alarm.
Allow yourself to procrastinate and truly embrace your laziness. You’ll get it done, some day.
Maybe you’ll be old and grey by the time you do it, but again, better late than never.
Take it easy,