I should be working now but instead I’m writing to you. You see, I’m a procrastinator. Please help me stop putting things off!
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I’m so glad you asked. I am great at procrastination. Here is one thing I do to procrastinate:
I check Twitter to see if anyone retweeted my tweets and who new is following me. Finally I consulted my go-to cognitive therapist for help with the Twitter addiction. I had to go cold turkey to give up reading my tweeps’ tweets.
The problem with not procrastinating is that whenever I do plunge into a project, it creates even more work. *Take for instance the rare closet go-through. I end up with a pile to give away, a pile for alterations and the dreaded maybe pile, all of which creates more things to put off than I started with.
On a positive note, when it comes to tasks like answering mail, if you wait long enough, they no longer require action.
I thought it might be useful to see what others have said about procrastination.
- “The sooner I fall behind, the more time I have to catch up.” ~Author Unknown
- “If it weren’t for the last minute, I wouldn’t get anything done.” ~Author Unknown
- *”Every duty which is bidden to wait returns with seven fresh duties at its back.” ~Charles Kingsley
- “One of the greatest labor-saving inventions of today is tomorrow.” ~Vincent T. Foss
- “There’s nothing to match curling up with a good book when there’s a repair job to be done around the house.” ~Joe Ryan
- “You know you are getting old when it takes too much effort to procrastinate.” ~Author Unknown
- “I do my work at the same time each day – the last minute.” ~Author Unknown
- “Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.” ~Mark Twain
Now, if you still don’t want to procrastinate, here are some suggestions:
- Prioritize a to do list. And then, try not to do what I do, which is to perform the easy, non-urgent tasks, so I can get the thrill of crossing them off the list.
- Make a list of distractions, and then consult the distraction list to reward yourself for getting something done.
- Decide how often you will allow yourself to receive a distraction reward from the above list; use a timer.
- Try for peer pressure: Find a procrastinating buddy and check in with each other at the end of the day to see how you did.
- Break tasks into smaller, more easily doable, events.
- Eat some chocolate while you work to make it more fun.
- Give yourself an alternative task that needs to be done and choose: I can either do my work to meet my deadline or I can organize my closet. At least you may get an organized closet out of this arrangement, though with the above *caveat.
- Finally, just because something ought to be done, doesn’t mean you have to do it. Will you be happier embracing your Procrastinator and continuing along the slacker path?
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