Are you one of those people who goes to pay bills but can’t find your letter opener so you search the house for hours until, duh, you finally remember you left it at the neighbor’s house so you dash over to get it and end up sitting down for coffee and then 17 cups later you are on your way back home when you discover that your friend’s ducks are running amok (the very same ducks you said you’d look after while they were on vacation) and by the time you get them under control and lined up into neat little rows it’s time for bed and you think sadly to yourself that, once again, you accomplished nothing and that none of this would have happened if you had simply used your finger to open the bills?
Welcome to the world of procrastination!
As we all know, procrastination occurs anytime you find yourself thinking up things to do to get out of the things you think you should be doing.
Procrastination always gets a bad rap. And not just because nothing really rhymes with it, but because people have been conditioned to view the habit of putting off today what they can do tomorrow as an undesirable character trait.
I, for one, am saying pooh pooh to this notion and furthermore, I am going to climb out on a limb and beg to differ. (A little trick I learned in the circus.)
Speaking from personal experience, the act of tackling a desired task first thing in the morning and then finishing it before moving on to the next task is futile.
OK, I’ve never actually accomplished anything first thing in the morning, but if I did, I’m sure the only word to describe it would be futile, or failing that, a different word — which I’ll figure out later (so get off my back about it, will ya?)
My point is this. If Mr. Procrastination has moved in and won’t get off your couch, then by all means put him to work like I do.
For instance, let’s say I want to write an essay. I simply make that my official goal for the day by jotting it down. The mere act of jotting down the goal gets my creative juices flowing and, before I know it, I have thought up a million and one other activities to do like mowing the lawn or de-linting my sweaters in order to put off accomplishing writing an essay.
Do you see how simple this is?
Oh sure, maybe I haven’t written that essay, but at least if anyone drives by my house, they won’t catch me standing neck high in grass wearing a balled-up sweater.
The only downside to using procrastination to get things done is that you have to be happy with accomplishing everything BUT the desired accomplishment.
But this is easily overcome. With a little practice, a lot of cherry pie, and hours of electronic Solitaire, you’ll be putting the PRO in procrastination before you know it!
Until next time . . . I love you