The Desire To Do Things Later

Last Saturday was one of those great days where you have nothing to do. I was coming off a week where I had worked a crazy amount of hours and I had been out of town the past two weekends, so it was nice to have a day with nothing to do. After waking up I was searching Netflix and I started adding movies to my list so that I could watch them later. After selecting a few documentaries and random comedies I had not seen that I wanted to it hit me: I have nothing to do at all today and I am spending my time selecting movies that I want to watch at some undetermined point in the future.

Why was I doing that? It doesn’t end with Netflix. I love going on Amazon and adding books to my wish list. I have well over 30 books on my wish list and I also have a handful of others I have already purchased but have not gotten around to reading yet. Why do I spend so much time looking for things that I want to do in the future instead of actually doing them?

I don’t know if I have an answer to that, but I do now that I am going to make a conscious effort not to do that any longer. Instead of talking about places I want to travel or things I want to do, I’m going to do them. Instead of looking for books I want to read one day and making a list about them, I’m going to read more. Instead of searching through movies that I want to watch, I’m going to actually watch them.

I’m going to do instead of just thinking about doing.