Level Up

I tend to think that we live our lives in levels, sort of like when we play a video game. You can only go to the next level or chapter until you learn the lessons from the current level you’re living in.

If you want to know the lessons you’re meant to learn, look at the things you’re afraid of, the things you complain about, or the things you’re avoiding.

The way to get to the next level, and learn the lessons, is by taking action. When you try the first time, you’ll either succeed or survive a failure.

If you succeed, congratulation, you’ve learned the lesson, and you can level up!

If you survive, examining the failure, and picking your brain on what could be the lesson, you can try again with a better understanding of how to succeed the next time.

Until you succeed, you’ll be stuck at this level, and the same type of challenges will be thrown at you until you learn the lesson.

When you’re aware of this, life’s challenges become fun because you’ll want to level up!

What are you afraid of, avoiding, or complaining about in your life?

Moderate Procrastination is Good

Here’s a snippet of my life. As I found myself in front of my computer, not typing anything, or not programming anything, I would usually get up, and do some dishes, or laundry, or I would go out for a walk. When I came back, I would feel refreshed, my head was clear, and I would start typing like a crazy lady.

The person I was sharing my life with back then, was so focused on generating money that whenever I got up to do the dishes, or do simple house chores in the apartment, he would react by saying those things were not important. I shouldn’t waste my time doing them, and I should go back to work instead, be productive, and make some money.

Those remarks started to make me feel guilty when I was taking a break from my work, unproductive me! It made me feel like I was a lazy girl. I even felt bad doing the dishes… I thought I was such a procrastinator, and I was!

But here’s the thing. Moderate procrastinators are more creative. Adam Grant’s did an experiment where people were asked to generate business ideas. Some of them were asked to do the task right away, and others had to procrastinate for either 5 or 10 minutes by playing a game. It turned out that the people who procrastinated had the most creative ideas.

In order for moderate procrastination to work, you need to know what to do first, to understand the task at hand. The incubating period is what makes you more creative. Indeed, procrastination is deadly for productivity, but it gives life to creativity.

So next time someone tells you you’re procrastinating, or you think you are doing the deed, remember that you’re not procrastinating, you are exercising your creativity.

Do you moderately procrastinate, and does that make you feel guilty? 

P.S.: I know you have a good head, but I want to make sure that you will not use these findings to use procrastination as an excuse to not do your work!!! Here’s how you can beat procrastination.