In light of the book project, going to a quiet place like Chobe Safari Lodge may allow my natural thinking juices to flow. Imagine, a glass of red wine on a small table, a laptop and a variety of snacks as I write. I could first go for a game drive before beginning. Perhaps learn how to swim before actually sitting to write. This is like killing all those shouting birds with one stone.
Maybe I could go to Naivasha and write from a land far away. That will surely reduce the many temptations that I have.
Does the location make any difference in this writing project? No, dear me.
But why is this book supposed to be written? Could it be that I just want to write it for the assessor? The guy doesn’t get tired of reminding us of the book to the extent of blogging about it. Maybe I want to make my friends happy? Have I even thought about if it matters whether I write this book or not?
There it is! I will figure out why I have to write this book tomorrow after I have watched the repeat of Friends S4 EP 2 – 23.
But how does writing a book work? Do I sit down and begin typing? Perhaps the old pen and paper method is more preferred. Isn’t there a way I can just speak words and they type themselves? I will google that tomorrow. Tomorrow I will find out how to write a book and proceed.
But hold on dear me, in the end, what if I somehow write this book and it becomes a best seller? Am I ready for the speaking engagements that will come with that? Maybe I should buy myself a fountain pen to sign the autographs. Is it too soon to hire a secretary to attend to all the emails and calls that will come through? A bodyguard? No? Ok, maybe an office in one of these upscale neighbourhoods. I have always wanted the corner office with a great view of the city and trees. Oh, and a lobby that can sit all those that will come in for the autographs.
What if in a sudden turn of events, it doesn’t work? I write this book and bang, that’s it. People refuse to buy the book. What if everybody does what I normally do with books – buy the book and keep it on their shelves without actually reading it?
What if I decide to start writing this book and I dedicate time daily to writing something at least? I guess I will have written a book by the time we turn the year.
I do now understand that it’s not as easy as I thought it would be.
In the meantime, dear me, I have come to the following conclusions:
– I will write a book
– I will choose a topic from the many left after disqualifying the rest.
– I will research about book writing
– I will decide where I will write from
– I will deal with the little foxes that are hindering me. I will tell you about them soon.
– I will do all this………… tomorrow.
Decisions are easier when it’s an issue of good or bad. However, we normally don’t encounter these kinds of decisions. Each person knows what a bad decision is. The most difficult decisions, the ones where we struggle are not good or bad decisions. it is choosing between good and best.
The enemy of best is good. at all times, ask yourself what is best for you? there are always many good things happening, but what is best for you at that time?
Are too many good things getting in your way of doing the best things? In all we do, we shouldn’t follow the clock. the clock represents our calendar, schedule, commitments, assignments, appointments and all we do to manage our time etc. We should instead follow the compass. the compass represents our values, vision, ambitions, principles, direction i.e. what we fill is important and how we lead our lives.
The biggest challenge in the procrastination journey is when what we do doesn’t contribute to the most important things in our lives. Ask yourself if what you doing matters most towards becoming or achieving the person you want to be. Don’t push the best you can do to tomorrow yet it can be done today Sacrifice the good for the best. Remember, nothing is more exhausting than the task that is never started.
(Much of this information is courtesy of Steven Covey, best selling Author; Seven habits and First things First.)