Procrasti-planning happens.

February 7, 2019 in Uncategorized

Last year the goal was set: re-launch the Reno Collective blog.

The plan: research and write content to post on a regular basis.

The process:

  • come up with ideas about stuff to write about
  • create categories to organize the ideas about stuff to write about
  • color code the categories to organize the ideas about stuff to write about
  • find an app that will color code and organize the lists of ideas about stuff to write about
  • research a better app to color code and organize the lists of ideas about stuff to write about
  • design a custom app to color code and organize the lists of ideas about stuff to write about
  • omg. JUST WRITE SOMETHING!

Happens all the time. You find yourself spending hours of time trying to decide the best way to START a project, before actually starting it. The best way to ORGANIZE a project, without having anything to organize, yet. But – fear not! – it’s not procrastination, well, not “just” procrastinating. It’s “procrasti-planning,” the art of spending a bunch of time getting something done that really doesn’t actually amount to much in the end.

According to Urban Dictionary: Procrastiplanning – (noun.) The act of putting off tasks of high priority and replacing them with the organization and planning of low-priority or incidental activities.

So, how do you stop spending hours weeks testing out various project management apps in order to find the “best” project management app in order to manage the project that you REALLY need to just f%#$ing start?

No really, I’m asking you.

For me, just starting was the best only way to overcome my procrasti-planning. I forced myself to stop thinking of the best way to organize my ideas in a beautifully color-coded app, and instead opened up a blank page and started a post. As I wrote I made notes on a spreadsheet. As I made more notes, I found I had to organize the spreadsheet. As I organized the spreadsheet, a few colors magically began to appear. Yeah – it took time to find a groove but now I have this super-productive and semi-boring spreadsheet that results in a blog post each Tuesday. Well, most Tuesdays. This week I just plain ole’ procrastinated.

And, when all else fails, watch a TED Talk. May I suggest Tim Urban’s Inside the mind of a master procrastinator