“The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.” I found this quote on Pinterest a while back and have been mulling over it ever since. It’s a quote by Jessica Hische, a letterer and illustrator, whose work includes the website www.momthisishowtwitterworks.com as well as many other endeavors in which she calls “silly internet projects.” Hische’s quote stemmed from being asked to give a piece of advice to aspiring designers. She felt this quote seemed to really ring true for a lot of people (and not just designers), so she decided to make it into a lettering piece and, voila, it is an internet sensation!
Hische’s quote has made me look at the things I do when I procrastinate. If you are struggling to find your passion, take stock in the things you do when you are bored, procrastinating or simply living life. Your passion is that thing you do for fun during your free time. Duh!!
So how can I make a career out of watching shameful reality TV, online shoe shopping, working out and surfing the web? I would love to find a job that includes all those elements!
But in all seriousness, after I saw this quote several times in several different places, it got me thinking. Beyond enjoying the company of my husband and kids, how do I enjoy using my time? I love flipping through design magazines or reading interior design blogs, research design ideas for my family room and kitchen, draw floorplans, start home projects, browse Pinterest for design and food ideas, surround myself with creative people that inspire me and pretty much do exactly what I do …so I guess the gap is closing between me and my purpose?!
Years ago, my brother lived with me for a short period of time and I used to give him such a hard time about constantly having his nose in a book or magazine. These books and magazines were all about computers, technology and writing code. Can you tell he was a computer geek? I gave him a hard time about working all day at his job at Microsoft, and then coming home and spending hours reading about his job. I didn’t get it! He loved computers and technology, and couldn’t get enough and never got bored of it. Years later I looked back and realized I was jealous that he loved his job so much that in his spare time he still wanted to learn more. It took a while for me to realize I wanted to get into Interior Design, but when I did there was no holding back. So for me, this quote is definitely true. If my brother saw me every morning and night with my nose in a huge stack of interior design magazines, he would either give me a hard time like I gave him, or give me kudos for finally having the same passion he had years ago for the job and industry he loved.
So what about you? Do you think there is truth to this quote? What do you love to do when procrastinating? Does it link back to your career choice? Next time you’re procrastinating at work, take time out to notice the career-related things you find yourself doing. These things may be a clue as to whether you are in the right job or field of work, or whether you need to make some changes so that the work you do is the work you WANT to be doing for the rest of your life!
Get to know me! I am Kori Moses, the local Sales Representative for Duralee Fabrics and previous owner of Mi Design Group – a residential interior design consulting firm in Chandler. I hope you enjoyed reading my posts! You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 480-213-4708. Duralee is an established company with a fresh, young perspective on design; Duralee has continuously expanded their extensive offerings of fabric, furniture, and trim to include designs from traditional to modern in order to supply the Interior Design industry with the proper tools to continue its rapid growth. www.duralee.com.