Procrastinare

The way of the world—rather, the way of the Web world—means that the talents and flaws of anyone and everyone who begins sharing thoughts, ideas, plans, brags, and screeds are revealed to all.

Inevitably, each writer who intends to explore and expand their craft by way of the Internet sets themselves up for the dreaded Archive Gap. What begins with passion and intention can often be slowed by the reality of life, all of those many things that draw the writer away from her work.  Often, this leads to self-recrimination and accusations of Procrastination.

For a writer–or anyone with a good intention to commit to an endeavor of meaning–Procrastination is a capital-letter word. If one wishes to assign a quality of appearance to a word, then Procrastination, a noun, is an ugly word.

What is it that we are doing when we don’t take action on a project that we say we want to do? In the verb form, when we procrastinate, we think we’re just putting it off until we “find time.” But consider  the Latin origin, procrastinare: it means to postpone until tomorrow. When is tomorrow? If you consider one chestnutty philosophy, the present is now, and tomorrow never comes.

In reality, though, tomorrow will arrive. The Procrastinator must ask herself whether it is worthwhile to defer the pursuit of her desired goal, to keep waiting for tomorrow, or rather to reengage now, today, and close the Archive Gap.