Procrastination

And I procrastinated…

I haven’t posted again in a while. I guess I shouldn’t have made a commitment online without expecting to get thrown for a loop. Funny how that works. It’s been a good loop though, for the most part. The not good part? Well that would be my computer, which keeps on deciding that it doesn’t like what it’s doing and just stops. My husband has been waiting ever so patiently for my okay to restore it (he’s a computer guy too, so he knows what to do). But I’ll admit that I have procrastinated on doing anything with it. So that’s my bad.

This post is actually being typed on my phone right now, which seems a bit awkward, but we’ll give it a try. At least until my computer is back up and running. I won’t lie, there are actually some unfinished posts in my draft folder right now. They should have been finished a while ago, but I procrastinated. Again.

Here’s what I don’t get about procrastination:

I’m really good about getting done what needs to be done as soon as it needs to be done at work. At home it is a completely different story. Well not completely, but you know what I mean. I’ve tried all sorts of things to get me more on track at home: lists, digital planners, paper planners, print-outs, chore charts, etc. but getting past the procrastination just hasn’t happened yet. At least not on the same scale as at work. Who knows? Maybe I’ve used up all my anti-procrastination will at work.

Nah. That’s not entirely fair either. I’ve been giving this some thought and, while I don’t claim to have any solutions, I wonder: could it be that I’ve been so busy trying to manage the procrastination, that I’ve missed doing the actual work?

Has that ever happened to you? Got so caught up in the planning phase that you didn’t actually do (or finish) the work?

I’m not saying that planners and the like don’t work. Just that they don’t work for me on the scale that I’m trying to just jump in at.

So instead of making promises that I may or may not be able to keep, I’m going to try something new. New for me anyway. Baby steps. I don’t have a clear picture for what that will look like yet, but I’ll let you know if it helps.

There’s another component to this:

Perfectionism. It hasn’t been something where I consciously think to myself:

If I can’t do it perfectly right now, it’ll just have to wait”.

But when I take a moment to reflect on how I feel about things, and what I procrastinate on, that seems to be my general attitude. My husband, luckily, has the attitude of:

“if it is more important to have it done right (not perfect…there is a difference) and quickly, do your best in the time available”.

My perfectionistic tendencies may be “baked in”, but I will be making more of a conscious effort to identify when that is what’s stalling me. Maybe I need to come up with a clever motto. How’s this:

“Do not put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” – Benjamin Franklin

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