I remember it like it was yesterday: I waited until the last minute (as in one day before) to decide to go to my junior prom! Finding a date wasn’t an issue, but securing a dress was impossible! You would think that I had learned my lesson from two years before that! After waiting until the last minute to decide on attending a big musical out of town, my mother refused to let me go! Why? I had not completed a paper that was due the next day!
I figured she would trust that I could complete the paper in the wee hours of the morning. Why not? I had written papers at the last minute many times prior to that! I suppose she’d had enough, and she knew that I’d be too tired to finish that paper! I was so sad when my siblings left; you’d think I made up my mind to change! However, I still struggle with procrastination. I want to change, but I’ve discovered that others struggle with this issue.
According to an article in Psychology Today, “Everyone procrastinates sometimes, but 20 percent of people chronically avoid difficult tasks and deliberately look for distractions—which, unfortunately, are increasingly available.” If you are a procrastinator, you can relate to this! You’re probably reading when you should be doing something else! While the Internet is an excellent tool, I can attest to it being a procrastinator’s Achilles heel.
It’s too easy to keep deferring to something else when anything else is pressing. Why not go ahead and get things done first or make a decision? It’s not in our makeup despite others trying to motivate us by calling us “too nonchalant, lazy, or trifling.” Here’s the secret of procrastination: Many procrastinators are perfectionists, attempting to figure out the perfect solution before tackling the job! We are not shirkers or dimwits!
If you are not a procrastinator, patience is the key. You mean well with all of your advice: “plan earlier, stop being irresponsible, or accept fewer assignments.” Think about it: Many procrastinators consistently get it done! For some reason, we work better under pressure! Efforts to plan earlier often leave us with blank slates…until the last minute! If you live with (or must work with) a procrastinator, please learn the secret of procrastination today.
Do you think procrastination is a personal flaw? Please comment.