It should come as no surprise to you, dear readers, given the title of this post, that I had been wanting to blog about this for some time (and even less surprising is the fact I started writing this a week ago and left it unfinished at 200 words). So why, you might ask, am I finally writing this now? Well, the answer is quite simple really…I’m procrastinating from doing something else! Actually I am avoiding a whole raft of things right now: ironing, laundry, cleaning the bathroom, getting my fridge fixed, completing the sequel to my White Collar fanfic, exercising, just to name a few. I’m scaring myself just thinking about how long this list could actually be – if I could be bothered to get out the pen and paper to write them all down!
I have been a procrastinator for about as long as I can remember. Usually I’m putting off doing something important like filing my tax return, or back in my school days, it would mean writing an essay or other homework. Times like these, my stove top would end up being so clean you could eat right off it because I would do just about anything to avoid the task at hand.
So is there a solution to procrastination? To understand why we procrastinate, you would have to understand why you are putting off the thing you are avoiding doing…in my untrained opinion, it is probably an indicator that you are not interested in what you are supposed to be doing, hence lack of motivation to complete the task. At least that is the case 99% of the time for me. But then how do you explain something that should lead to a great outcome like cleaning the bathtub so I can have a nice relaxing bath? Oh well, I guess we just discovered the other 1%…laziness 😉
I was in a bookstore today and there was a book that claimed to be a guide to stop procrastination. I don’t remember the exact title of the book or its author and I don’t know how successful that book has been. It would not surprise me if that copy has been on the shelf for a few years. After all, the procrastinators I know already KNOW that they are procrastinators, and the truth is, if any of us had bought the book, we would probably put off reading it and it would go on to collect dust on the bookshelf which means more work to do (I think I may be allergic to dust…). Vicious circle, anyone? I wonder how long the author of the book put off writing it before he/she finally put pen to paper to get started? (oops too cynical?)
OK so enough procrastinating (for today at least). I’m going to wrap it up here so this post can be published so I can get back to watching TV to put off reading about how to make money in my sleep. I have no advice or solutions to your procrastination problem. I can only sympathise and empathise with your situation (I would never admit it was a “problem”). If you want to keep procrastinating, why don’t you read my other posts on this blog? 😉