I’m known for being a “pleasure delayer”.
What does that mean?
It means I save the best for last.
Whether it’s the food on my plate or the items in our DVR. I save the one I’m most excited to eat or watch until last, so that I can really savour it.
This practice has translated into my business practices as well. I always make sure that my priority tasks for the day are done before indulging in mindless surfing or my latest addiction… Pinterest.
I don’t allow these guilty pleasures to interfere with my bigger picture. Instead they become a reward for a day well spent.
Why do I do this?
Because I want to enjoy these pleasurable moments to the maximum. I can’t truly enjoy something if I’m stressed about all the things I’m not doing or if I feel that there are items of less excitement to follow. It somehow takes away from the whole experience.
My favourite part of my business is the “making” portion. I love nothing more than to dock my iPhone, get in the zone and do my very best work.
I can’t do that if there’s a mile long list of accounting, advertising, marketing, sales, admin & public relations work to be done.
How does this relate to decorating?
I realized the other day that we’ve been in our new home for over six months and, aside from renovating my studio (p.s. – It looks totally different now!), we haven’t really done any decorating.
How come, you ask?
A number of reasons…
The functions of our rooms have changed numerous times from how we originally thought we would use them. We haven’t had the time or energy to devote to doing it right. I want to collect and find pieces naturally over time and let the space and our joint style continue to reveal itself.
The idea of running out and buying everything we need right away makes me kind of sick because I feel like we’d be purchasing pieces that we don’t really love just for the sake of filling our home and being “done” with decorating.
Not only should you NEVER be “done” with decorating, but I have no desire to fill my home with pieces that are only there to do a job.
I’m delaying the pleasure of decorating by collecting pieces as we see them and planning & revising the design of our space in my head to suit our ever-evolving tastes.
Once all those pieces come together, we’ll enjoy the space so much more than we would one that we put together in a weekend. And, not only will we love it when happens, we’ll love it for years to come because we’ll continuously be adding to it.
It’s so sad to rush through your decorating and buy a bunch of meaningless junk only to discover some of the best pieces ever (the kind that light you up inside), just a few weeks later, and know that you can’t invest in them because you’ve already invested ones that mean far less to you.
How could you improve an area of your life or home by incorporating the practice of “pleasure delaying?”