Procrastination.

I’m a procrastinator.  I even procrastinate about things I WANT to do.   Like right now, I have several over-a-week-old emails from readers I have yet to reply to, a good Facebook friend inbox’d me several days ago and I have yet to respond to her,  and there’s a post I really want to write about my therapy session tonight but I’m just feeling too lazy to write it.

It weighs on my mind heavily that I really need to do these things and there’s no pain in doing them (in fact, they’re enjoyable), so why am I still procrastinating?   Why am I writing this post about procrastination instead of replying to my emails, talking to my friend, or writing a more interesting post than this one?

I don’t have the answer to that.   I think I’ll write the post tonight, and do the other stuff tomorrow night.

Also, the word procrastination looks and sounds a little absurd.

13 thoughts on “Procrastination.

  1. Here’s the thing about procrastination: every once in awhile, it pays off… just frequently enough to make me think it’s not really such a bad thing. When I was in college (40+ years ago), there were some yucky required courses I really didn’t want to take, and so I kept putting them off — and right before my senior year, the requirements were changed, and I ended up not having to take them after all. Sometimes I’ll put off buying something I really need, because I’m a natural born skinflint and don’t like to spend money, and then the thing will go on sale and I can buy it for much less. When you get rewarded for being a procrastinator, it reinforces the tendency and makes it that much harder to overcome.

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  2. Procrastination is pretty much how I live my life these days, unless I’ve made a commitment to someone else to do something by a certain deadline. I’m lucky, since in most things now I only have myself to please and my own standards to satisfy. If I don’t get something I want to do done now, I’ll still be able to do it later. And I don’t beat myself up any more for having that attitude.

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