We know procrastination first hand. And second hand too 🙂
Making videos – take 1
My most desperate case of procrastination has been creating videos. It started well. I did two, inspired by a course on creating a blooming business. Actually, the first one was just a camera test, that was never intended to go public. But I liked the spontaneity of it, and I like to challenge myself. So I put it in a blog, and put it on YouTube. (Right now I’m challenging myself to embed it here)
Shame on me
I made a second video, and I put it on the homepage of my site. I didn’t think it was good enough yet, but as a recovering perfectionist I decided to publish it anyway. In rational effectiveness training this is called a shame attacking exercise. To do something you expect to feel foolish or embarrassed about. And shame I did get. Which I turned into another shame exercise, by writing a blog about it. It’s my most well read post. Yet another shame exercise 😉 What the heck, I’ll post that one too.
By any excuse necessary
So where’s this story headed? After all that shame, I quit making videos. Even though I knew my homepage needs a new one. And I want to integrate videos into my e-courses. But… I noticed myself come up with loads of very good excuses to not create one right now. Or today (Hmmm, maybe I should have recorded this video instead of writing it? Hmmmm). Excuses like:
- I didn’t wash my hair today
- It’s raining and the light isn’t right
- It’s noisy now and people will hear it on the video
I’ve learned that having more than 3 excuses for the same item is definitely an indication of #procrastination.
Making videos – take two
Luckily, I get help. Rescue came in the form of Holly Sugrues 30 day video challenge: From zero to video hero. I regretted it as soon as I signed up for it, because I was pretty sure I would really participate. Ouch. More videos. More scary things. Getting over my fear of talking to a camera. Learning how to edit videos, even though I think that’s a hassle.
I bet you can still join if you want the arghhhhh too…