Ashley V – Putting off the washing and everything

‘There is always something far more urgent and more interesting to do that suddenly becomes more important’

On the chair in the corner of my room there is always a pile of clothes begging to be washed. They accumulate and the pile builds up as I constantly put off dealing with it. Not a hugely interesting topic, I know, but somehow disturbingly pertinent to life in general. As my teacher at school used to say “Procrastination is the thief of time”. You spend so much time saying, and, certainly in my case, planning, when you are going to do something that you could have just got on with it and in that same time it would have been done.

Isn’t it true though that there is always something far more urgent and more interesting to do that suddenly becomes more important? It might simply be having a bath, ringing a friend or watching TV.

Through training in Adaptation Practice I have learnt to really try to throw myself into whatever it is I am doing, wholeheartedly and

completely, however banal that task may be. The sense of satisfaction gained from totally immersing oneself into something is great. This is now in stark contrast to my earlier tendency to run around doing about four things at once and trying to convince myself that in this way I was getting more done, when actually I was making sure I avoided everything I didn’t want to do at the moment.

I now see that it was not only exhausting but also left me feeling incomplete. Trying to focus more on the moment and what I am doing in it and opening to the feelings that are trying to seduce me into doing other things (especially to go off into thoughts) has helped me to deal with just about everything in life more effectively.

These are some of the effects of training in Adaptation Practice. The pile of clothes is dealt with every week now and I do not procrastinate nearly as much as I used to with other things either.

Ashley V – December 1982 – London