If you buy a self help book, apply what it’s recommending and make an end to your procrastination, that only means you’re not a true procrastinator.
It seems to me there are many reasons we procrastinate.
Sometimes we don’t start because we don’t know how to begin a particular project. Similarly, it can be hard to start when you aren’t confident that you can or will see a project through to the end. If you’re afraid you won’t finish, it seems like a waste of time to begin, doesn’t it?
Often we put off starting the thing we’re dreading. Maybe we dread it because we don’t know how to do it (above), but maybe we just really don’t want to do it. Maybe it’s a difficult phone call, or a face-to-face meeting that promises to be uncomfortable or downright unpleasant. Maybe it’s just a chore that we really, really hate to do. Maybe we don’t feel like it should have been our job so we put off doing it.
We might just have too much to do. Maybe we feel overwhelmed with the number of tasks before us and can’t decide which to start first so we fail to start at all. We may be in this boat because we’ve already been putting off single tasks, and now they’re threatening to bury us. Maybe we’re afraid we’ll waste time on less urgent tasks while the true priorities get more and more urgent.
Sometimes it’s a lack of discipline. We put off what we don’t want to do, choosing to do the fun stuff instead. Important tasks are always on the list but never at the top.
It could be a lack of organization. We don’t start dinner in time because we didn’t make a menu plan. We forget to do things because we don’t have a list. We can’t start a project because we lost the supplies.
Maybe you already figured out that this is my personal list. This was a difficult list for me. While it’s easy to joke about procrastination, it really can reveal some ugly things about us. It often has its roots in various sins, and sin is no laughing matter.
Why do you procrastinate? What does that list tell you about yourself?
part 2 of 31 Days of Procrastinationby