Thanks to the recommendation of a good friend I watched a fabulous Ted Talk the other day called ‘Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator.’
Why did said-friend send said-talk to me..? I suspect, he suspects, that I have a
Masterful (hehe) Procrastinator Mind…
I have a feeling though, my brain is not much different to your brain on this front…
See, according to the fabulous story teller behind this Ted Talk, Mr Tim Urban, we each house inside of our minds a ‘Procrastination Monkey’ (whom hereto I’ll refer to as ‘The Party Monkey’). Right alongside the Party Monkey, we also have an upstanding type known as… ‘The Rationale Decision Maker.’
Generally, The Rationale Decision Maker will make an appearance, in uniform, looking very much in charge, before being bumped off the steering wheel by the Party Monkey.
The Party Monkey will show up with his party hat on and say something like this:
‘Good Idea Decision Maker. Let’s get started on that report we need to write.’
‘BUT FIRST.. (because sheesh I’m tired.. you tired..?)… how ‘bout we get a coffee..? Dan will probably be in the tea room about this time too; we can chat, shoot the breeze, eat some CAKE! Ooo.. and after that, let’s research that new coffee bean Dan’s been harping on about. Ha! Would you look at that..! A Little Big Shots YouTube cropped up. Hit PLAY! Hit it! We LOVE Steve Harvey.. the man is hilarious…!! Ooo… the next one has that little kid who cracks whips like a Pro… .. let’s watch ONE more. Hey.. we haven’t checked Snapchat’s filters for today; Hehee! A MASK and CUCUMBER EYES… hilarious…!!’
2 HOURS LATER.
Party Monkey is still at the wheel.
Get my drift..? The Party Monkey is a sneaky little blighter who successfully gags our inner Rationale Decision Maker, encouraging them to go along for the ride.
In fact… the only force the Party Monkey is actually afraid of is…..
THE PANIC MONSTER.
I can recall the Panic Monster flying into action two days before my anatomy exam way back when I was young and stuff. That Panic Monster sounded action-station-alarms like nobody’s business.
I emerged after two days and two nights of exactly ZERO sleep, hyped on NoDoze, and fumbled my way through a TERRIFYING anatomy exam in a sleep deprived, hyper caffeine haze…
Did I answer every one of those wild questions? Yes. But do you think I can remember HOW your knee bone connects to your thigh bone…? Dear God no.
In essence, the Party Monkey won-out again.
So how do we defeat The Party Monkey … (and only let him out during times we need him… like holidays perhaps?).
Well, Mr Urban finished his talk with a stunningly poignant image:
The Life Calendar…
One BOX, for every 90 YEARS of your Life (thanks Tim – we are not unsettled at all..)
If you go through the process of crossing off every box for your life so far… well, umm… you get the drift. Kind of puts an urgency back in your step … and helps you put on your ‘I am SERIOUS face’ when telling the Party Monkey to take a back seat.
Admittedly, I only watched the Ted Talk yesterday, but you SHOULD SEE what I’ve ticked off my list in that time…
Thanks Tim Urban. Love a turn-your-life-around Ted Talk.
(And thanks to my good mate too, @David Wang – who is the WordPress GURU btw. If you need a WordPress site set-up and managed, David of ClickWP is your man!)