As I pointed out on Day 2, one cause for procrastination is a failure to plan ahead. A menu plan makes it easier to start dinner on time. A daily schedule makes it easier to make good use of our time.
As a perfect example, I did not plan or outline my 31 posts on this subject. I just jumped in. Maybe I jumped in a little too quickly. It just crossed my mind that we ought to define our terms.
Do you know what procrastination is? Do you think it’s safe to assume we all mean the same thing when we use the word?
What is procrastination?
I looked up procrastination on Dictionary.com and got this:
No results found for procrastination
Please try spelling the word differently, searching another resource, or typing a new word.
Does anyone else think that sounds like a joke, like when you search google for Where is Chuck Norris, or French military victories? Maybe Dictionary.com didn’t get around to adding that word yet?
I don’t know why those results came up, but on the third try it worked. I guess I tend to work that way too. It’s easier to put things off when no one is breathing down your neck. A little accountability can be a grand motivator, can’t it?
[proh-kras-tuh-ney-shuhn, pruh?] noun
the act or habit of procrastinating, or putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention: She was smart, but her constant procrastination led her to be late with almost every assignment.
[proh-kras-tuh-neyt, pruh-] verb, -nat·ed, -nat·ing.verb (used without object)
1.to defer action; delay: to procrastinate until an opportunity is lost.
verb (used with object)
2.to put off till another day or time; defer; delay.
1540s, from L. procrastinationem “a putting off,” noun of action from procrastinare “put off till tomorrow,” from pro- “forward” + crastinus “belonging to tomorrow,” from cras “tomorrow,” of unknown origin.
What do you think?
Do you agree with this definition? I think the word has come to suggest more than simple delay: when I hear or use the word procrastinate, I think of ongoing, habitual delays in multiple areas, without good reason.
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