Procrastination is like a credit card: it's a lot of fun until you get the bill. Christopher Parker

I don't understand why Procrastination keeps coming around to my place.  I don't like her and I don't want to continue this friendship.  I've told her over and over that she is not to be a part of my life but she just isn't listening to me!!

If only it was that easy to get rid of her. 

I have been battling this problem of procrastination for a good part of my adult life.  When she arrives, I invite her in and entertain her for as long as she wants.  Sometimes she stays here all day long!  At the end of the day I feel so dirty that I spent so much time with someone I dislike so much. 

I have tried to deal with this problem on and off for many years, but it always gets the better of me.  The past few months have been particularly bad and I am almost making procrastination my full time job.   If only there was a position available for a full time Procrastinator.

They say if you keep doing the same things over and over you are going to keep getting the same results.   That is so very true.   I've been trying to deal with my procrastination by believing it is a bad habit that I must cure myself of.   Perhaps I need to reverse this thinking to get a different outcome?

From today, I am going to turn it around and use it positively.  My schedule will now have an hour set aside at the start of each day for "Procrastination".   In this hour I can do whatever I like without feeling guilty.  Today I choose to write this blog.  Writing is what I enjoy most, so if I get to start my day with a treat, perhaps I won't feel like I don't get any time for things I like to do.  I truly think this is one of the main causes of my procrastination.  

Maybe it will work - maybe it won't.   But, whatever the outcome - I will get to write, which ultimately makes me feel good and hopefully my words will make others feel good.   Perhaps putting a positive twist on something that has always been so negative will make all the difference?

Do you procrastinate?   How do you deal with it?

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4 Responses
  1. You realise that as your Procrastination Hour approaches, you will begin to procrastinate, don't you? The fridge will need cleaning, the fish bowl need topping up, the garden could do with a bit of weeding...

    The first step to beating procrastination, according to a Macquarie Uni counsellor I once interviewed, is to acknowledge the problem. Look at you! You're halfway there.

  2. Oh you are funny! And I love it. This is me all over - I am a master too. I hope your new schedule works well for you, but I will miss you on twitter all the time!!

  3. This is a great post Annie and so true. Everyone (even if they don't admit it) struggles with procrastination. I can't wait to hear how you strategy goes, I really hope it works!

    There are so many tools out there that enable our procrastination now - Twitter and Facebook mainly. I actually have to turn it all off completely so I don't get distracted.

  4. Dovic Says:

    Do I procrastinate? My gosh do I procrastinate.

    Let me count the ways....

    Onya for trying to tackle it. If it works shout it loud coz I'll be wanting to try it out too....