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11 August 2009

Procratination Inoculation



You know what you need to do. You know the reasons behind why you need to do something. If you're anything like me, you have one small problem. You just can't seem to get moving. I knew yesterday the post I wanted to do today. "First thing in the morning" I told myself. The computer goes on, I check the email, the different sites I sell on and then I turn on my Twitter account and open a page for my blog. Needless to say, two hours later, I am now writing the post. Procrastination for sure!

We all put things off...at least I think most people do. I think it is an innate part of us. Some of us may be chronic procrastinators or maybe we just feel overwhelmed and paralyzed by the task at hand. For me, I kind of like the thrill..if you can call it a thrill...of coming within an nth of the deadline. Whatever the task, it sits and gathers dust. So I've decided to get an inoculation and see if I can't get the mojo flow back into a rhythm. I'm making a list..to do every morning, I'm going to use my most productive morning hours and not twitter them away (no offense twitter, but you can be addictive and time consuming as I have been told), tell the DH my plans for the day...he'll keep me in check and lastly, try to be more decisive.

Sounds like a plan. I'm thinking I need to get my thrills elsewhere. Do you procrastinate?
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20 comments:

Snap said...

Yes. Now more than ever. When working there was at least some sort of schedule. Retirement has brought a definite *tomorrow* attitude!

clairedulalune said...

I always wanted to know what that work meant, and that is me down to a tee! There are in front of me right now, to leters that needed to be posted last week, a very untidy table and a empty cup of coffee! I cant even make myself another one! Dont even start me on the house work! I do love ticking of a list of things to do though. When i can be bothered to write it!

Sarah said...

Ya know...I seem to have alot more trouble with this now than I used to. I think I have just gotten tired of doing all the "stuff" I do everyday, every week, every year....etc...I keep putting it off. There are so many other fun things to do. I used to do lots of fun things..not so much these days..I feel like I am always playing catch up. Sometimes..I rebel and do mothing but play. The dust will be there tomorrow!
Hugs hon - great post!! Sarah

LENORENEVERMORE said...

Luv this post!
and I have to say 'Visual Communication' at its best!

xo*

clairedulalune said...

Hello again, when i say work in that last comment, of course i mean't word. Its one of those days Alicia, trust me!

briannelee said...

I procrastinate with stupid things like paying bills (because I am too lazy to fill out the checks) and make doctor appointments and things like that.

Judy said...

I always have great intentions...but procrastination always jumps in and ruins all my good plans!

Fresh said...

My procrastination directly correlates to the neccisity of whatever task I'm putting off. My whole life, I've been that way. Giant school project to do? OH, I'll work on my badminton serve... You're certainly not the only one.

I'm Julia said...

You'd think the feeling of accomplishment would be enough, but no...I seem to do best when I make daily lists. Maybe I should give myself little "gold stars" instead of simply drawing a line through. Ha!

Dani said...

oh i procrastinate so much... i think a lot of it has to do with "the thrill". i waste away my mornings, too. and that's such a shame because mornings can be the most lovely and productive time of the day.

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Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

There are certain things where I procrastinate - weeding, dead-heading, returning phone calls - there are others where I never procrastinate . . . but I cannot think of them right now . . . maybe later . . .

SoDear2MyHeart said...

OK, this is the 3rd time I've read this today...promising to complete one more little task and then I'll come back and post...I'm finally going to do it!

I believe that I am the world's WORST procrastinator...It seems like nothing I need to do gets done by the original deadline I set for it. Am I just setting my sights too high? Or am I truly "putting things off?"

The enormous pile I have on my plate is such that I have to constantly re-prioritize my list of to-do's, gotta-get-dones, stuff-I've-promised, and stuff-others-expect-me-to-do. Amidst the demands of a DH, teen-age daughter, aging parent, 2 horses, 3 dogs, a church congregation, and a fledgling business (or three) any attempt at making a neat and orderly schedule of things I need to (and can) accomplish each day has become the monster-under-the-bed. I tremble in fear of looking under there and facing him (or the 3 pound saber-toothed dust bunnies that have accumulated there) because "keeping house" never seems to make it into my list of high priorities. You'll note that the above list doesn't include any mention of "things-I'd-LIKE-to-do"

Maybe I'm not such a bad procrastinator...maybe I have severe AADHD & a short attention span...Maybe I'm just a poor planner...Maybe I need to learn to say "No" or "Please do it yourself" more often...it bears considering.

Thanks for a wonderful post...your topics usually give me a chance to reflect, vent, rant or laugh...all of which are cathartic...and saves me tons of money on a psychiatrist...

Hugs!
Terri

Barbara said...

Alicia, I love this post. It's so...me! Deadlines inspire me--at least that's what I tell myself. I work better under pressure. But that only really works if I have a deadline. If I don't, I find myself mentally doodling the day away. Not good. I think I need a list, too. Or an innoculation. Let me know if you find one, okay?

Marbella Designs said...

i'm a big procrastinor too! i'm so overwhelmed sometimes that i end up doing nothing at all and then things really pile up on me.
i don't know what happened and i didn't have this problem before. :(

Des said...

Yes, I am a horrible procrastinator. There never seem to be enough hours in the day. It's great that you are tackling this issue head-on.

Chrisy said...

Well honey it doesn't really matter does it...look at this fab post you've done about not being able to do a post! Take it easy...as long as your life's enjoyable...and you're sharing it with people you love, well, that's the main thing...having said that I could not survive these days without a list!

Some Like it Vintage said...

I'm sure everyone procrastines! I think it's built into our human nature...we always put off the unpleasant for the instant gratification of something pleasant.

It requires a lot of discipline to not procrastinate - a list is an excellent way to start. I can't live without my lists!

xoxo

~Thought's By Dena~ said...

procrastination always jumps in and ruins all my great intentions!!!

amyg said...

I prefer not to think of myself as a procrastinator. I'm just over-committed . . . to HGTV and pedicures and lunch with friends and a really good book . . . Work, schmerk. It'll all get done eventually. My kids are fed, my house is clean(ish). Why can't I be irresponsible sometimes?!

Snappy Finger said...

Yep... matter of fact I'm procrastinating as I type this. Happens all the time and I've reached the point where I just don't care. pffttt.

Snappy