This might seem like a bit of a strange topic for a model train blog but it’s something that I’ve noticed a lot of people talking about on various model making forums over the years and it’s something I’ve struggled with in my own endeavours both inside and outside the hobby.
Now if you’ve never had a problem with procrastination you might be mystified by this because hobbies are meant to be fun and relaxing; the things we want to do or that help us unwind after spending time doing other things we don’t like doing so much. Afterwards you look at what you’ve created, bask in the results and are spurred on to do more.
Unfortunately, if you’re a procrastinator, while your head is probably full of lots of goals and ideas for some reason you can’t get motivated to take the first step and then if you do, you find you get easily side-tracked and never seem to finish anything. Invariably get angry at yourself for this lack of progress and then very soon you find your hobby isn’t the wonderful retreat that everyone imagines it should be. Even more unfortunate is when procrastination occurs in other parts of your life too…
….while I can’t promise a cure, if you’re a procrastinator I whole-heartedly recommend taking a look at the material produced by a man called Tim Urban. Tim is a life-long procrastinator and his articles perfectly describe life as a procrastinator in a light-hearted and accessible way.
I’d recommend jumping straight to this blog post called: Why Procrastinators Procrastinate.
Some people prefer watching video to reading a long article so if that’s you, then there’s also a TED talk by Tim on YouTube that covers more-or-less the same material as the blog post above.
I’ve found that simply being aware of what’s been going on and why I’m more likely to procrastinate over certain types of tasks is very useful in reducing the likelihood of me procrastinating in the first place. All of which might seem obvious to a non-procrastinator but you can’t always see a solution to the problem when you’ve always live in the middle of it and understanding of why something is happening is the first step in the process of stopping it from happening again in the future.
So if you’re bogged down by procrastination, I hope those links have been helpful and you’re in a better place to starting work on achieving your goals and aspirations, whatever they may be.