The Myth of “I’ll Do It Tomorrow”

It’s easy to think, “I’ll work on my book tomorrow.” Or next month. (Or next year.) We as humans are predisposed to believe we have all the time in the world. Myself very much included.

This month, the kn literary family got a wake-up call when we learned that our beloved admin-slash-project manager Rachel had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Thirty-eight years old. A full life ahead of her.

While Rachel’s prognosis looks incredibly positive (thank you, thank you, thank you) that kind of news always makes you stop and think. We never really know, do we?

So why do we all still believe in the myth of “I’ll do it tomorrow”?

Ever since I started this book studio, I’ve been telling myself I’ll start writing again once the business is settled. Once we have our project management system in place. Once I finish up this one last client project that’s still on my plate.

But you know what? There’s always another milestone, and another reason not to sit down with pen in hand.

When Rachel shared her news, something clicked with me. Since then I’ve picked up my writing practice after months and months. I called together a small group of close friends, and we’re meeting once a week to support each other in our creative pursuits.

It’s likely I’ve got a lot of time still ahead of me. But that doesn’t give me an excuse to procrastinate. After all, wouldn’t I rather spend my days engaged in the activities that most light me up? Communing with that un-nameable Source that makes me come alive? For me, the answer is a resounding YES. And for me, that means writing.

So I’m carving out the time, even though life is incredibly full. And I’m sitting down with a notebook and a pen, every morning before I open my computer. I’m doing it for myself and I’m doing it for all of us. For when one of us commits to the radical act of creation, the benefits fan out to everyone. Life itself learns something new, through us.

So I hope you’ll you join me in giving up the myth of “I’ll do it tomorrow.” Let’s do it together, today. Whaddya say?

Share your thoughts with us on Facebook!

 


Kelly Notaras is a writer, book editor, NLPMarin Master-certified coach and the founder of kn literary arts. She offers one-on-one book consultations by appointment; fill out our questionnaire to get started.