When I was a kid, my grandparents had a round piece of plastic hanging in their kitchen with the word “TUIT” stamped into it in gold letters. I remember asking what the heck this thing was, and my grandfather saying, with not a little mischief in him, “It’s a round TUIT!”
I was too small to get the joke yet, but I do remember seeing more TUITs in my travels—they must’ve been part of some national effort to get people to stop procrastinating and do the things that they kept insisting they’d do. (For some reason, I associate TUITs with banks.) Obviously, this plan worked perfectly and no one ever procrastinates anymore. Indeed, procrastination is just one of those quaint idiosyncrasies that we, as a culture, look back on and shake our heads.
Well, okay, maybe not. (More than “maybe,” even!) Lots of us talk about how, one day when we finally get a round TUIT, we’re going to write that book, design that new sweater, learn that piano piece, or even clean out that closet that we dread opening for fear that its entire contents will land on us at once. This resistance builds up the feeling of that project being daunting, even overwhelming, or at worst, downright impossible. Even worse, knowing that it’s sitting there, waiting for us, eats away at our creativity (yes, even that closet is a creative drain).
If you’re looking for a way to deal with the items on your resistance list, Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching™ has an innovative tool to help. It’s called Parallel Universe Time™, which is time that we set aside to work on these things together. It’s really not much more complicated than that, and despite its simplicity, it really does work. You don’t need to haul yourself and your project anywhere; you only need to make a phone call at a scheduled time to see what happens. (You may even become so engrossed in your project that you lose track of time!) The best part is that PUT is totally free of charge, so the only cost to you is to stop doing whatever you’re doing to distract yourself—and what you’ll get out of it is worth far, far more.
I usually offer one PUT call per month, but this month I decided to offer two in anticipation of my own procrastination. The first is tomorrow, Sunday, July 1, and the second is a week later, on the 8th. You can find full details and sign up here. Once you sign up, you’ll receive a notice of the PUT time(s) for each month and a reminder a day or two beforehand, and you can participate or not as your schedule permits.
I hope you’ll join us soon and finally find that round TUIT you’ve been looking for!