It wasn’t until someone added “procrastination” to my vocabulary that I knew there was an actual word for it. Before then I just thought I was easily distracted, my attention being willingly drawn to something infinitely easier, more interesting, or less discomforting.
The November Art Prof Dare was an easy one.
The Things We Carry: “…an artwork of the bag you carry most often [which] must include all of the items inside the bag”. 2 November 2016
Art Prof Clara Lieu (ClaraLieu.Wordpress.com)
A drawing of a still-life. Directly observed. Straightforward, especially for someone who regularly attends life-drawing class. And yet I still felt anxious. Rather than setting up my own handbag still-life, I found myself doing web searches for procrastination cures.
Yes, I know.
When I realised the irony, I shutdown my computer, grabbed my handbag, and tipped out the contents. And when I started to draw the things in front of me, I felt a physical change, like a switch being flicked…
All the years I’ve described myself as a procrastinator, have I just been lying to myself? Have I been justifying my self-imposed label, fulfilling my own prophecy by acting it out? Perhaps I just needed to gently nudge the switch within from “Hold on” to “Go! Go! Go!”.
What’s your excuse?
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