Tuesday, 24 March 2015

What is your Procrastination Passion?

“The work you do when you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.”  This is a quote by Jessica Hirsche that really resonated with me today.

Having worked in quite a few different types of job roles over the past few decades I’ve been thinking about the future and what would I enjoy doing as a job.  I often find myself writing and making up stories when I procrastinate and I have evan been dabbling with putting in some more time and effort and seeing if I can become a published author.

However, this wasn’t what I was conditioned to do.  You see when I was young and in those formative years of deciding what I wanted to be when I grew up I told everyone I wanted to be an accountant like my Dad.  I didn’t really understand what that meant but turns out I’m quite Ok at being an accountant.  I’m better at systems and cost accounting as it turned out and have made a career of it for 20 years now.

I feel as though I fell into accountancy because I didn’t stop to think if that’s what I actually wanted to do with my life.  I just went through the motions and didn’t think about if I liked it or not.  However, there were a few tell tale signs along the way that number crunching wasn’t my passion. I was a high school drop out.  In my last senior year I quit school and joined the workforce.  I became a junior in a bank and stayed there for about 4 years progressing up the food chain to a ‘teller’ as they were called in those days.  After a few more changes I ended up working in bars and restaurants until I finally decided to go to Uni and study accountancy when I was 21.  Finishing High School needed to be done first and after a year I managed to scrape into Uni.

I’ve definitely put in the time and my day job now is implementing financial software for large corporations and while I’d say I’m reasonable good at it and it pays the bills quite nicely, it’s not my passion.

I use to do a lot of travel for my work and during those times I’d people watch and make up stories and wonder what was their back story.  I have loads of old notebooks with all these stories and few years ago I moved them all into my laptop — I’m still struggling to work out what I was thinking with some of them and why I thought I should write down some things.  Maybe that was while I was in the airport bar?

Now as I’m of that age when you start to re-evaluate your life and what you enjoy and don’t enjoy and I’m moving in the direction of writing for the rest of my life as my work.  I enjoy it immensely when I have the time to get in the zone, but I’ve not really tried to progress it to the point of making money from it.  I’ve read and heard all the stories about vanity publishing and years of rejections from publishers and I’m not romanticising the journey ahead.

What I have decided very recently is that why not give it a go.  I don’t want to get to the end of my life and regret not really trying something that is my passion.  My new life motto for this decade has been ‘Take time to live your Dreams’.

Now I’m going to take this quote more seriously - “The work you do when you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.”   I’m going to use this year to see if I can write as my work for the rest of my life.

Watch this space!