In Others’ Words: Procrastination
“Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.” ~Don Marquis (1878-1937), humorist, journalist & author
We all procrastinate. Some of us are just better than others at putting things off until tomorrow, or the next day … or next month. The result? A pile of stuff waiting to be done — and it’s all got to be done now.
It would help to uncover the root of procrastination … but there is more than one root to this problem. Sometimes I procrastinate because:
- I’m lazy. Yep — there are days I ignore the To Do list because I just don’t want to do anything.
- I’m overwhelmed. I don’t know where to start on the project because it’s h-u-g-e … and it’s easier to not begin at all.
- I’m afraid. Afraid of what, you ask? Failure.
- I’m too busy watching what someone else is accomplishing. Wrong, wrong focus.
- I’m trying to do the wrong thing. Sometimes I think I’m supposed to do a project — but I’m doing it out of guilt or because I think it will get me something or somewhere (how selfish is that?). Or maybe I said yes when I should have said no.
The next time I’m procrastinating, instead of beating myself up over what I should be doing, maybe I should calm down and ask myself, “What’s stopping you from doing this?”
In Your Words: What are you procrastinating about? Why are you not doing it?
I’m back home after being in Houston and Dallas for a week! No, I’m not unpacked yet — but here’s a glimpse of some of the fun I had at the ACFW conference!0 I like this!