When Social Media Inspires (or not)

Today, for WordPress’ Blogging University: Finding Everyday Inspiration, we are asked to look to social media for inspiration. We were given five tweets to choose from and I chose this one:

Procrastination

What does it tell you that I started this post two days ago? I was tempted to leave it with three dots and say that I was too busy procrastinating to finish the post. It was almost true. 

So let’s define procrastination. Our friends at Wikipedia say:

Procrastination (from latin’s “procrastinare”, that translates in to : the prefix pro-, ‘forward’, and suffix -crastinus, ’till next day’ from cras, ‘tomorrow’) is the avoidance of doing a task that needs to be accomplished. Sometimes, procrastination takes place until the “last minute” before a deadline. Procrastination can take hold on any aspect of lifeβ€”putting off cleaning the stove, repairing a leaky roof, seeing a doctor or dentist, submitting a job report or academic assignment or broaching a stressful issue with a partner. Procrastination can lead to feelings of guilt, inadequacy, depression and self-doubt.

It’s such a negative definition, isn’t it? If we refer to the Tweet, I don’t think I see procrastination as being necessary for creativity, but I don’t think it kills it either. It just postpones it. Unless you never stop procrastinating! Sometimes you’re just not in “the zone”. 

As an example, I was working on a graphic at work last night, trying to re-create an existing one to update it with some new components. At first I tried to edit the graphic, but the original file was nowhere to be found. I was at work til well after 6 trying to figure it out. 

So I left it, came home and this morning when I went back in I decided to start from scratch and I put something together – it was ok, but I didn’t love it.

So I walked away again. I have a million tasks and multiple meetings, so walking away was definitely an option. This afternoon, after some sushi and a walk in the brisk wintery Melbourne air, I started it from scratch again and I feel like I nailed it. I love the graphic that I ended up with. It’s much more comprehensive than the original. It’s neat. It’s bright and well-branded and when I shared it with my team, they were really happy with it and they even said that they understand the topic better now. 

Was that procrastination? I don’t really think so. It wasn’t avoidance of the task because I didn’t want to do it. It was avoiding-on-purpose or even avoiding-for-a-purpose. I needed to step away from it. I think sometimes we can get too close to something and then not be able to see the way to move on to the next part. 

What do you think?

x desleyjane 


 

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19 Comments Add yours

  1. loisajay says:

    I think the three dots idea was sheer genius, Desley…

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Hehehe thanks Lois. A bit cheeky, but that’s what I like!

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      1. loisajay says:

        haha! You do it well, Desley.

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  2. restlessjo says:

    Nice shot! Sometimes you’re better to get on with stuff you can do and come back later. I agree πŸ™‚

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Jo. Yes – fresh eyes and all that. πŸ™‚

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  3. brenda says:

    Well…while I was a grad student, it seemed papers needed periods of “distraction” in order for the forming of unconscious creativity πŸ˜‰

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Hehehe oh yes, I get that!

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  4. Mara Eastern says:

    Haha, it would have been a great response to leave just three dots and go procrastinate…

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    1. desleyjane says:

      LOL part of me wishes I did.

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  5. Not only Lois and Mara but I agree that it would have been brilliant to just leave three dots there!
    But I agree with what you wrote here, it’s not at all procrastination. You were not yet happy with the results and you needed to put distance to come fresher and nail it. Yay!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Man I almost wish I’d left the dots now. Thanks hun.

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        1. desleyjane says:

          LOL yes I’m sure the topic will come up again!

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  6. Great title! And a great justification for not continuing to agonise and let inspiration settle. Also a nice sense of your day at work.

    I agree about the genius of the three dots, but I’m glad you didn’t indulge that brilliant idea.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you Meg. I had left the post but then was inspired after what happened at work. LOL it was a bit brilliant, wasn’t it? Hahaha.

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  7. good for you hun, yes walking away is often a very good option.

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