City streets are empty.
Grocery shelves are barren.
People are wearing impromptu masks.
2020 has really turned into quite the “perfect vision” of footage from an apocalypse film.
And how do you survive this crazy global pandemic?
Do you create your own homemade mask? Do you stock up on TP and hand sanitizer?
Well, fellow procrastin8r, simmer down a tad and don’t panic, because the survival tactic for this Coronapocalypse is actaully quite easy:
Embrace your Laziness and stay the fuck home.
Now for some, this is a tall order, but for us procrastin8rs, this really isn’t asking for much of a change from us.
Staying inside on the couch all day? Christ, our lifestyle is quarantine.
But I get it, for some this can be torture, especially for those who are super extroverted and in need of stimulating social events. This quarantine is like serving jail time, or even worse. I mean, at least prisoners get a firm end date.
We’re sitting here stuck in our houses...perpetually -- “until further notice”. We don’t know when this is going to end. But it will end. Things will get back to “normal”, to the extent at which they can be normal in the aftermath. Eventually.
But without a definite “end time” and without even the “option” to go out or do other things, this can leave us feeling a bit...trapped. The lack of choice is really what bothers us (or at least the illusion of lack of choice)
Heck, even veteran procrastin8rs, who haven’t seen sunlight in years, begin to feel a bit of “Cabin Fever” when we’re literally forced by a matter of circumstances to never leave the house for an unpredictable amount of time.
I mean as a lazy fuck as I am, I still enjoy going out to catch some monsters on PokemonGo or listen to music at a concert or even go play board games at the cafe. Things that I can’t really do during this national shut down. I’m sure you have some hobbies or activities that you miss as well.
Human beings are weird and we always want the opposite of what we have. It’s a bit of Grass Is Greener Syndrome. The other side always looks better.
Required to wake and go to work 9 to 5? You want to stay at home on the couch all day.
Required to stay home on the couch all day? You want to go back to work.
Friends invite you to go out to? You just want to just order pizza at home and relax all night
A government order tells you to stay home all night? You want to go out.
But let’s be honest here, let’s take a look at this, gain some perspective. Let’s realize our GIGS.
You don’t miss your job.
You know after about a week, you’re gonna hate the grind and hate waking up early. You’re gonna remember why you hate your boss and why customers can be a pain in the ass.
You don’t miss going out.
You like having the freedom to decide whether or not you will. You know the club scene is gonna tire you out after the initial “party” phase wears off
You're just...bored and maybe a little lonely.
What you actually miss are these two things:
- Having a routine
- Having options
And for those of you that are work-a-holics or party people, I can assure you that this blog isn’t for you.
Anyway, let’s first break down why you miss these things and importance of each of them before we dive into some solutions for fixing them.
You miss having routine because it gives you something to do wtih your day; it puts you on a specific path to follow. We like having a sort of destination, as human beings.
Waking up early, driving to work, getting yelled at for 8 hours straight. It’s a shitty routine but it at least gives you a sense of structure and a feeling of coziness. That’s really what you miss -- being able to expect what will happen on some level.
Having a routine puts structure in our lives You don’t have to be an OCD organization freak to have structure. As a matter of fact, I’d advise against being so obsessed about following a set in stone schedule (eg. bathroom break for 4 minutes). However, it does allow us to focus on doing things we want to do without getting distracted.
A routine, the procrastin8r way, is not a firm set a rules, but a flexible guideline. It also doesn’t necessarily need to be productive, though it can be. Further, it doesn’t have to be filled to the brim -- do less with more focus.
Having predictable series of events happen in your life gives you a sense of comfort.
After all, we as human beings are creatures of habit. It is in our nature, conciously or not, to develop a routine. We might as well make a concious decision about our routine. We get to choose the habits we develop and that’s pretty damn cool. That gives us the freedom to live life and not just go through the motions.
We create comfort by following our routines. It gives us a sense of control (especially in this uncontrollable crazy time we’re having in the world right now).
Benefits also include having better focus and enabling better time management.
A Solid Routine Puts You Into a Flow
You do things without even thinking because they’re just part of your routine, part of your habitual lifestyle. It gives you a sort of “mission” to fulfill every day and leaves you feeling accomplished.
Now I ain’t sayin’ you gotta wake up at the ass crack of dawn to start your routine.
All these people who talk about how you should wake up early, what they mean is you should wake up with purpose. Doesn’t matter if it’s late afternoon or early evening when you wake up, as long as you wake up with purpose.
I wake up (usually late afternoon), eat “breakfast”, do a farm run on RuneScape, then play guitar for about an hour. Not exactly a productive routine but hey, it makes me feel like I’m
Wake up, as late as you want, knowing what you want to do. That’s important.
If you’re gonna watch movies all day. Pick ahead of time what the hell you want to watch. Don’t just fumble through the catalogue for hours on end. Be decisive in your laziness. Decide how you’re gonna sloth it up and stick to it.
Waste of time comes from indecision, not laziness. You’re not wasting time if you put it on your schedule/routine deliberately. You’re only wasting time if you “accidentally” do something you didn’t plan on doing, like browse memes all day. Browsing memes all day is not necessarily a “waste of time” -- only if you planned to do something else.
Procrastinate with Purpose, fam.
Having a routine does not mean you’re anal about your time, it means you’re efficient. You can always allow some leeway within your routine, but having some definite course of action (or inaction for that matter) puts you on your way toward accomplishing the things you want to accomplish (whether that’s truly productive or not).
Remember, you don’t miss your job. You miss having a series of consistent tasks on the daily. In designing your own routine, you’ll find those nostalgic feelings about sitting at the desk will quickly fade.
The Importance of Having Options
We are creatures of free will. We like to lay out our options and choose whatever tickles our fancy -- in our relationships, in our career, and of course, in our daily life. The one aspect that sets us apart from other animals on the planet is that we are creators of our own destiny and can conciously decide the direction we are going.
Having our choice made for us, or very well limited, makes us feel imprisoned. But the only imprisonment is of one own’s mind.
"We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the guts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way."
- Viktor Frankl
You are only as trapped as you believe yourself to be. You can always make a choice, even when there’s a Stay at Home order. You don’t “have to” do anything. There isn’t anything you “should” do. Quit shoulding yourself!
It’s not a matter of having to do one certain thing, it’s a matter of deciding if you want to face the consequences of not doing said thing. Life is not a series of obligations, it’s a series of choosing which consequences you want to deal with, and in knowing you chose those consequences as a preference, it gives you no real room to complain about it. Besides, worrying and complaining is a lot of work.
I don’t want to say “suck up and deal with it” but I will say “just stop giving a fuck”. Stop giving a fuck about anything in your life that is beyond your control. There’s a virus. Can’t control that. You can control your reaction to it though. You do not “have to” react a certain way but can use your own discretion.
You are a human being, not a machine. You’re not programmed to follow a certain protocol. You have motherfucking free will. Use it to make a decision for yourself.
You can choose to face getting sick or even getting a ticket for choosing to go out roller skating. It’s up to you.
It not only benefits you personally, both health wise and financial wise, but also other people. I mean maybe you don’t get sick and show no symptoms, but you do get infected and can easily spread it to others and cause someone to die of it, maybe even someone your close to , a friend or relative. It’s the Butterfly Effect, man. One little thing can lead to large scale consequences.
So you choose to stay home. You can then choose to be bummed out about it, as in downbeat and sad, or you can choose to be bummed out about it, as in embracing your laziness and loving every moment.
You don’t have to be dead just because you’re inside all day. And you certainly don’t have to feel “trapped”
I mean heck, there’s a comfy couch or a cozy bed. There’s WiFi. There’s a fridge of food. There’s gaming systems, phones. You got plenty of options when it comes to deciding what to do during another day in Apocalyptica.
The modern day house is basically a freaking an indoor arcade. C’mon now!
Anyhoot! In the coming weeks, we’ll dive into the specifics of building a solid routine as well as what options you have to stave off boredom and cabin fever.
But in the mean time, just stay the fuck home and wash your damn hands!