Procrastination is the nasty habit of postponing things that need to get done. All the time.
On the other hand, if you’re not so familiar with Procrastination, you might not be needing this article, because you’re a very happy and efficient person.
Ok, so what could I say more than the obviously -much-more -productive people who wrote these posts?
Procrastination is not a habit – it’s more like an addiction.
First, there was one thing going through my mind as I read all the articles.
I don’t really want to do the damn thing I procrastinate about.
It’s like smoking or spending money addiction. You know it’s bad for you, you know you should stop. But somehow, there’s this thing, holding you back. The pleasure deriving from the addiction is greater than the pain afflicted.
In other words, the pleasure of doing other stuff, or postponing, is greater than the pain of actually getting to do that damn thing.
So in the end it’s about two options:
Either (1) you start using an enormous amount of willpower to get over it, and get that thing done.
or (2) at a point in time the pain will be larger than the pleasure, and you will HAVE to do it.
All these articles assume you’re already in point (1), where you have the willpower, and you only need a few tips on how to get it going.
What if you’re not already there? Is it hopeless? Will you be a deadline-trasher for the rest of your life? Will your phone bills remain unpaid and your expense reports undone?
I think it’s about realizing how important that thing is to you.
If it’s not a critical goal, worry less, see if it’s the kind of thing that either won’t be needed, or forgotten, or someone else will do it.
If, however, it’s that important to you, then – well – you probably already found the time to do it.
If you haven’t, then it’s not a critical goal and automatically falls into category A.
I know my procrastination “clients”: Expense reports, blog posts, and starting to write my coaching research paper. Are they killer goals? No. It’s just about balancing how much I can really manage.
So, don’t feel bad about procrastination. It’s a healthy addiction, after all. If we wouldn’t have it, we’d all be responsible and efficient people, getting everything done all the time. And where would the fun be?