In-Between Times

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I have the most difficult time with procrastination during the times between two things. In this case, the time between now and getting my new MacBook Pro. I’ve put off updating to macOS Sierra for purely pragmatic reasons, but I’ve also put off some tasks I should be doing because it’s easy to say, “I’ll just wait to set that up on my new system instead of doing it twice.” I almost used this procrastination technique with this blog.

I’m going to try to intentionally and thoughtfully setup my new computer and part of that process is blogging about the move and that includes my thoughts about this current machine and the thoughts behind moving to the computer I selected. After the last post that kicked off this process, I found that my installation of Ruby, which is necessary to generate the blog, had been corrupted. At that point I nearly gave up on the idea of walking through this process and just waiting to start blogging after I had the new machine. That certainly would have been the easy thing to do, but I decided that blogging the process was important and did the grunt work of fix my Ruby installation.

I don’t think that procrastination during times of transition is unique but the biggest danger I have is that I can turn almost anything into a time of transition. The end of the month, the end of the week, etc. are such easy times for me to say, “Well I’ll just wait put it off until the start of next (week, month, year),” or “I’ll wait till the new version of the (device, app, os, framework, language) comes out and then I’ll dig in.” I am aware of this thought process in myself and yet I have trouble overcoming it. Anyone have any thoughts on overcoming it?

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