Procrastination Is Stealing Your Time


Procrastination Is Stealing Your Time

Everytime I move from one city to another or from one house to another, I have a chance to look at all the stuff I have stored. Stuff that I once though essecial for my well being and that I have seldom used. Among those items, I also find things that have been left undone, and, to be honest, they are mostly other people’s things.

Whatever your trade or profession, there is always a friend or a relative that needs you to do them a quick favor. Draw some blueprints, fix a pair of shoes, frame a dozen pictures, or whatever it is that you do and they need done.

In my case, I have a great aversion for projects that are imposed on me when I already work 12 to 14-hour days. If that project is hanging over me, it begins to rob me of my time. I start feeling guilty. Before I know it, I’ve left my office and I’m standing in front of the refrigerator or checking to see if the mail has already arrived.

When I go back to the office to do my work, the guilty feeling comes back and the work that I need to do suffers.

Study Your History of Procrastination

I’ve gotten a lot better about procrastination throughout the years, but when I look through my storage boxes I often find three sets of items that were given to me about 30 years ago by someone looking for a favor that I never did... or, at least, I haven’t done yet (not that I could find those people anymore even if I tried, which I know I won’t). At least that is resolved procrastination, when taking no action resolves your problem at someone else’s loss.

What about your own history of procrastination? Can you pinpoint items you still have left undone from years gone by. Perhaps it is a painting you started but never finished, a model airplane you bought for your child but never put together, or legal papers you never filed (I know someone who procrastinated for years on filing for a divorce until her husband tried to have her falsely arrested in order to flee the country with their daughter).

Tracking your history of procrastination should involve looking at your entire life, not just your work. Is procrastination habitual for you or is there an area of your life where fear grips you and keeps you from taking action.

Causes of Procrastination

Sloth is a true enemy of man. Some people are plain old lazy. There is a dramatic metaphoric image presented in a proverb that says that “a slothful person may be starving, but will not even make an effort to bring the food into his mouth.”

Fear can also be a cause of procrastination. A similar proverb says that fearful sluggards say, “There is a lion out there” and remain inactive for fear.

Not being able to say “No” can also cause procrastination. The expression, “Having your plate too full” implies that you are not able to eat all that you have been served even if you do bring the food into your mouth.

Finding a Cure for Procrastination

Since there is no single cause for procrastination, there is surely no single cure. Moreover, there may be deep childhood issues that belong to the realm of psychology and are better left for professional psychoanalysis.

But if you are dealing with a troublesome habit of procrastination is certain areas, begin by searching out the cause of the problem. It may be that once you identify the cause, you may be able to overcome it.

As a child, I had a couple of what to me were traumatic experiences using the telephone. When I became an adult, I started noticing my dificulty using the phone when I realized the ease with which other people used it. I could not have a thought one minute and dial the phone the next to ask someone something about that though, particularly if that person was not in my geographical location. I never wanted to interrupt anyone, and would plan to make my calls when I thought the person would be more likely to respond. Even if it was for a 30 second phone call.

In dealing with personal matters, I would often rely on my wife to do the calling, until I became aware of the problem.

I cannot say that I solved it overnight. In fact, I cannot even say that I’m cured, but I am certainly aware of the need to communicate as quickly as possible, as the situation may demand.

Awareness is your main weapon in fighting procrastination since the will follows the intellect.



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