Neat theory! I've noticed this in myself before. Procrastinating and putting one thing off by doing something else, eventually I've achieved something. The thing is, don't do nothing.
1. I sometimes discover that the chore/project/whatever that I'm putting off had some leeway that wasn't apparent at first.
2. It works best if I make a point of looking for the success and appreciating it, instead of minimizing it.
The saddest instances are when I get so wound up with anxiety and guilt about a project at the top of my list, and I respond by withdrawing and doing nothing at all (surfing the net, playing solitaire). What a waist of a life!! I'm telling myself, at least go do something else that you enjoy!
Sunday was a great example of this. We moved 2 months ago and we've still got a garage full of boxes to unpack and arrange. Obviously that should be one of my top priorities. What did I do? I went to Lowes and picked out a cute pot and a bag of potting soil for my languishing African Violet.
I really enjoyed looking around, making plans (that I may or may not get around to, either is okay). I got home and instead of putting things aside to go grocery shopping, I spread the potting supplies out on the kitchen counter and had a good time re-potting the plant. It was very satisfying! And I reminded myself that re-potting it was also a priority, on the B list instead of the A list, but a priority none the less. It was something I was meaning to get around to for a whole year -it was a gift from my sister last year this time. Per past experience with plants I knew this poor, neglected plant wasn't long for this world. Okay, for whatever reason I'm motivated to make this plant an exception. So strike while the iron is hot!
Priority #1 didn't go away; I still had to do the week's grocery shopping. So I did. We ate dinner a little later than we would have because I chose to spend 20 minutes potting a plant. And every time I look at that plant in its new, cute pot, I get a kick of satisfaction.
The joy of doing something else, instead of priority #1, does give me energy. It makes me happy, which gives me a little mental stamina to go do something else. It took me a while to figure this out. My habit has been to minimize whatever else I do if it's instead of priority #1. What a shame!
Most important, I figured out that I don't want to waist any more time not even enjoying life, in fact doing nothing, in this misplaced guilt. I'll be honest, I spent years doing nothing at all, not even stuff I enjoy, because I've got this procrastination/avoidance dynamic going on. I'm a little regretful thinking about what I might have achieved, and enjoyed, if I had simply allowed it. But I'm also trying not to dwell on regret.
A lot can get done if I allow myself to do what I enjoy.
Anyone else notice this? Does it apply to you?