In the ten minutes since sitting down to write this article, I have brushed and tied back my hair, ran a quick errand, checked my emails and moisturised my hands. In that time, I probably could have been well underway, but I procrastinated – by habit, if nothing else.
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Author Lionel Shriver once said, “if you have the leisure to think about it, you have time to do it.” This resonates strongly with me as I am much more of a thinker than a doer! I believe in making plans, in daydreaming, in preparation. I believe in a slow life.
I am starting to think that I am wrong. A little bit, at least.
Sometimes the best advice you can get is to “get on with it” – to put your head down and work, forgetting the other things pressing on your mind. So much time can be lost in drawing lists and schedules and making plans that sometimes the plans never have time to come to fruition. Sometimes we need to take the plunge and simply get on with it.
This is not always easy. Plans take time. Grief needs time. Some things cannot be rushed. However, we only have one life each. Time is finite and it is our most precious resource. In times of sadness or stagnation, sometimes the answer is to pick yourself up and keep moving.
Similarly, it is possible to spend too much time waiting for 'the right time' to embark on a new project. Whether it be travel, education, or reconnecting with old friends, or a personal fitness challenge, life won't send you an FYI when the 'right time' arrives. Take the plunge. It's your life - so get on with it!