Procrastination and Equanimity


I’m once again reading ‘The Road Less Travelled’ by M. Scott Peck. I loved this book when I read it many years ago, but I don’t remember much about it. So, when I saw a paperback version of it at the library book sale we went to with Kevin and Katie, I grabbed it.

Well, I can see that I’ll be writing about bits and pieces of it as I reflect on it with my new Buddhist knowledge. There are pieces that I can agree with through my experience, but that I want to change because of things I’ve learned on the Buddhist path.

For example, one of the things he talks about in this book is about his client who procrastinates. He ended up using an example of a cupcake with her, asking her which part she eats first. ‘The frosting of course’, she said. It seems that she liked to eat the best part first….or with work, she liked to do the easiest stuff in the first hour, but that meant doing the harder stuff through the rest of the day. He convinced her that if she saved the best for last, it would make the cupcake taste better. If she did her hard work in the first hour of work, that would give her 6 hours of doing the stuff she enjoyed.

This makes sense to me, because at work right now I do the same thing. I cherry pick the easy stuff and then put off doing the harder stuff. So, switching my way of thinking should fix my procrastination issues. Right? You’d think so. But, having that logic at my finger-tips, doesn’t always work.

So, my thinking is, if I could release the attachment I have to the feeling tone of my work, if I would feel equanimity with my work, then I wouldn’t procrastinate. Everything would be equal and would get done in order of importance, or whatever order I wanted to give it, besides the ‘easy/hard’ evaluation I give it now.

Equanimity and de-tachment to feeling tone. To me, that’s the answer to procrastination, not trying to keep a visual in my head of whether I eat the icing of a cupcake first or last.

How do I get to de-tachment of feeling tone and equanimity about my work? That’s the question. Practice, practice, practice is my guess.