I’m a huge, huge fan of Merlin Mann. The guy seems to be able to articulate everything that’s been brewing around in my mind at exactly the right time. If you haven’t read/seen/heard of his stuff, I strongly suggest you go check out merlinmann.com for a quick digest and links to follow him wherever you consume your internet-goodness.
His latest video, Makebelieve Help, Old Butchers, and Figuring Out Who You Are (For Now), seems to go on forever but it’s worth it. Go on, hit play:
Anyone who knows me in person knows that I’m a huggeee procrastinator and as such I really enjoyed Merlin’s explanation, or perhaps even his defense of procrastination: it helps me think! When I was in school my friends were constantly perplexed by the torture I put myself through by rearranging my room, watching TV, editing photos, playing with a rubik’s cube, etc. on nights where I should have been writing the paper that was due the next morning. Was it insane? Absolutely. I should have spent those hours actually writing the darned paper, but that would have been sensible. I’m much better at reading the paper topic, going off and doing whatever suits my fancy at that point, letting the thoughts stew, and then going to sit at my computer when I’m good and ready to just write. It’s just how I operate. I’ll probably go grey at a young age because of it, but hey, that’s why they invented hair dye, right?
So thanks, Merlin, for giving me a reason to continue working the way I’ve been working. Now to go dig that rubik’s cube out of that one box I haven’t unpacked…