“I believe that like Alice Through the Looking Glass, with the camera one comes so close to the real that one goes beyond it and into the reality of the dream.”
Minor White

The Last Minute


I was never the type of person to truly leave anything to the last minute but – I was very self-disciplined! The flip-side to that was that I was always pressed to do things so that “they don’t get done in the last minute”. Recently I came to realize – that there maybe something to learn from “the last minute experience”!

Interestingly enough – I have run into this (of all places) in my creative photography  work with Shahar. A specific example would be my first exhibition. The exhibition was a lot of work – ranging from a creative process of selecting images, the production of prints and the assembly of the exhibition itself. Being the disciplined person I am I attempted to get a head start but I failed miserably.  I couldn’t even imagine how to start the image selection process. When the time came for the exhibition it came together just fine.

I feel that some tasks simply cannot be started until a certain point in time. Until that time arrives I will put them off. No matter how much I try to push myself to action – it just doesn’t work for me. If I insist on pushing forward I experience lack of motivation and lousy results.

Something in recent weeks (I can’t recall what it was!) triggered a subtle realization about this pattern. My energy seems to be aligned with the relevancy of the task at hand. When the task becomes relevant I am drawn to the task, I am motivated, I am focused, I am efficient and I enjoy doing it. There is a kind of “window of opportunity” during which the energy is just right – a sweet spot for action : )

So I still advocate not postponing things to the last minute BUT I also advocate waiting for the right time (which can be in the vicinity of the last minute) to act.

A final thought – ironically – the reason I wanted to get a head start with the exhibition was because Shahar prompted me to “get started”. Only much later did I realize that Shahar was prodding my intent and energy rather then suggesting that I take action.  Intent and energy take time to build…

Another final thought for business readers – can this shed an interesting light on dead-lines? I always thought that the name “dead-line” is ironic – what dies? I think it kills energy – and not when the dead-line arrives but when it is created! Is it any wonder that most projects don’t meet dead-lines? Maybe the focus should instead be on creating relevancy and trust?   Trust? Yes Trust – more on that another time : )

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