What we want most is often difficult and not instantly gratifying, but fulfilling in the long run. What we want now is instantly gratifying, but leaves us feeling vacant inside.
To procrastinate is to do what we want to do now, while putting off what we want to do the most. Yet, the term ‘procrastination’ doesn’t convey this trade-off well. It doesn’t tell us how we forego what is most valuable to us. It doesn’t carry that necessary hint of self-sabotage.
Every time we catch ourselves procrastinating, it helps to remind ourselves that we are putting off what we want most.
Inspiration: Derek Sivers