Procrastination: putting off intentionally something that should be done,
from the Latin, pro (forward) and crastinus (of tomorrow)
I am giving a talk tonight at Toastmasters, a dry run if you will, of a much longer presentation on feng shui I’m doing next week. I can talk on this topic, no problem. I know my stuff.
So why oh why have I put off preparations until just last night (not that I’ve not been thinking about it, obsessing, even)? It’s because I’ll be working with my new projector and Powerpoint for the first time.
I am actually an accomplished geek so I’ve been surprised at my reluctance to put this presentation together. I figured out the PPt stuff easily – made a bunch of attractive simple slides last night.
What has held me back is fear of new territory – simultaneous talking and technology. I’m one of those people who has to turn off the car radio when navigating unfamiliar roads – I may even be someone who can’t walk and chew gum at the same time. But since I don’t chew gum, I haven’t tested this possibility.
I am writing this post when I should be loading the presentation onto my laptop, hooking up the projector and seeing what happens…. structured procrastination, as Ken Perry would say.