It’s hard to fix a problem that you can’t describe. So exactly what is procrastination?
Wikipedia states that procrastination refers to the counterproductive deferment of actions or tasks to a later time. Psychologists often cite such behavior as a mechanism for coping with the anxiety associated with starting, or completing any task. Others say it’s just trying to avoid the inevitable by jumping from one idea to another. So, how important is it really to do everything right now? Well, that depends on what the task is.
I am personally a list person. It’s how I stay organized. My list begins with the most important tasks, and descends in order of importance. Through these lists I have discovered quite a lot about myself. My lists often have things I to do for others at the top, with time restrictions being the sole motivator that moves one task ahead of another. I am a people pleaser and there’s nothing wrong with that as long as I take care of me first, so I can be there for others.
I have also learned that there are quite a few things that really don’t deserve a place on my list, or in my life for that matter. There is nothing like seeing your life in black and white. I have discovered that through society’s expectations and others around me, I put too many tasks on my daily lists. I once heard the phrase, “We are human beings, not human doings.” So why do we have to be doing something all the time? Again, I feel it is society’s image of a successful person, equating being busy with being successful. Unfortunately that is not often the case. Most people working well into the night on the next day’s deadlines are those guilty of arranging their comic book collection instead of leisurely working toward their necessary dead line.
I believe the reason for all this frustration is the dreaded ‘R’ word—RESPONSIBILITY! We need to take responsibility for our ourselves, our belongings, and let the rest go. By doing this we simplify our lives and free up our time. We aren’t robotic. We are mortal beings, blessed to live in this beautiful world, but what’s the use if we never get to enjoy it. Now if this sounds like a quick fix, believe me, it’s not. Like anything worthwhile, it’s takes effort and conscious objectivity when examining your daily list of chores. Is it truly your responsibility to do everything on that list or is it someone else’s? Only you can decide.
Time is our only non-replaceable commodity—spend yours wisely!
Author’s Note: Getting a handle on procrastination will ease stress, and the related issues it creates. I hope this helps. Photos designed for this story. Original Story Date: March 8, 2010