This blog post is a quick hit-and-run entry that poses a question and a possible answer. I’d like to hear your thoughts on the subject.
To you workaholics, here’s my conundrum: why do we put off doing the fun things in favor of doing the hard or unpleasant tasks — even though the fun stuff is on our to-do lists and has deadlines? I’ll wait while you ponder this. Imagine that I am humming the theme to Jeopardy…
Seriously, this is an important question. I’ve talked to other productive, relaxation-challenged people and they share this malady. So, take your time and think on it. The world would be a better place if some of us could have more fun. Okay, I mean if I could have more fun.
Give up? Okay, here’s my theory. I think I feel guilty when I do something fun. How twisted is that?! Today, I decided to reacquaint myself with my sewing machine. Those of you on Facebook may have seen that intention in my status update. I love my sewing machine. I love to sew. I am, after all, a professional quilter and that does involve sewing. And so, why was there a layer of stuff accumulating on top of my sewing machine?
I did get to sew today. I put the binding on a quilted laptop case I designed out of fabric I love, love, love. The project has been languishing for over a month, gathering dust and hurling guilt darts at me whenever I walk by. I have wanted to work on this ever since I bought the fabric; that’s the heck of it. While I worked on it today, I thought of all the other things I “should” have been doing.
So…a new resolution. Guilt is unproductive. In fact, it’s the enemy of productivity. A happy quilter (me, after doing something fun for just a little while) is a more productive quilter.
And so, I resolve to do something fun every day. I guess I need to make sure there’s more fun stuff on my to-do list. Hmm, where’s my pen?