Definition of PROCRASTINATE
to put off intentionally and habitually
to put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done
‘Hello group’, “Welcome Marianne”
‘I am a procrastinator’, “You have come to the right place, tell us your story”.
I am a procrastinator by nature, if I feel I can get away with NOTdoing something right now, I will not do it. When and if I feel I need to do something, I have that eternal voice in my head saying: ‘you can do it later’, ‘it will go much faster if you do it tomorrow’, ‘in a minute after I have played this game of Solitaire’, ‘I’ll start right away, but let’s check my email first’.
Needless to say this gets me into trouble often. I am always counting on later to save the day, but of course sometimes later is needed for other things and what should have been done now turns out to be left undone later.
I have questioned this constant need to put things off often. It isn’t that I only put off the things I hate the most, I tend to do it with just about everything. As if the moment I define something in my head as ‘needs to be done now’, something inside starts to protest and says ‘who are you to tell me I MUST do something’.
I have come to recognize that so much of my procrastination is resistance.
I don’t know where that comes from, that big need to resist and say no, even to myself, especially to myself. Maybe some shrink would dive deep into my childhood and come up with an occasion were I was forced to do something I didn’t want to do, like clean up my room, and it made a scar.
I don’t feel I need to know where my issue with procrastination, with avoidance, with resistance, comes from, to deal with it.
I know it is here, I know it is real. And it all comes down to how I handle it, here and now.
This 31 Days to Get Things Done! challenge is proving so valuable to me. I am learning so much, let alone actually finishing a lot. Knowing that I made this commitment, that I put it out there, that I know I really WANT to do this, that later is now, is giving me wings.
I am writing a series of 31 days to Get it Done! You can find all the posts in this series here.
On the first day I explained in detail what this series is about and what I am going to do, find that post and all the posts since then in order here.
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