To do or not to do? I would actually prefer not to do things, or maybe do it later – much later. Procrastination, as per Thesaurus (yes, I use this like anyone else), means dawdling, dragging ones feet and sometimes play a waiting game or my personal favorite, “shilly-shally”.
I always thought I was lazy but turns out, I have a serious case of shilly-shally going on. Kind of made me sad because I thought I was unique. Guess not! Even this post took me much longer to write than it should have. Not because I was lazy but because I couldn’t find a topic to write about for days. Also, I couldn’t gather the strength to research about it. Truth be told I was busy watching my weekly TV shows, all 16 of them. But, when I did, I found some astonishing amount of people who go through what I go through.
I don’t think procrastination should be such a big issue unless something is put off day after day for weeks, months or even years. Although, with my super savvy skills as a Google searcher, I found procrastination is not something as elegant or even as simple as avoiding procrastination. Nope! Those who give pointers on avoidance are only as good as those fake, I mean very concerned, people who think the solution to obesity is to tell obese people to stop overeating. It doesn’t work like that and nor is it as simple.
I am not an expert on psychology of course (because I have done my Masters in Business) but I am a practiced soul in letting things slide to the last minute. In university, with the exception of handing my assignments from time to time, I did nothing. I was busy being an introvert and along the way, I came up with my own theory on Ways to Make Campus Life Easier For Introverts. My 20 to 30 page assignments were dealt with two nights and sometimes the morning of submission. Needless to say, every semester, I would submit my haphazard papers learning that procrastination can make a person do a month’s worth of work in 8 hours and 8 hours’ worth of work in a month. There is no in-between. Oh, and in case any of you reading would like to know, I did manage to pass by postgraduate studies, barely, but finally did.
I think we all go through periods of procrastination and that is nothing to be ashamed of. In the world of “Procrasti-Nation”, we live and pass through cities like denial, guilt and justification just like in the stages of grief. Well, not just like, but similar. We know all too well when something needs to be done but there is this persuasive power from another dimension making you think you need to be doing something else that moment than getting the work you assigned yourself into doing. Apparently, it’s called productive procrastination. Look it up. At least, doing something else you put off for so long is being done now can give you a good feeling. So what if it’s just an illusion?
People say success is eluded from a person who is a procrastinator, I say, we procrastinators come to enjoy success, most times with a little delay or more. Take me for example, I did not really have a formal education until my 30’s, when I became a post graduate. I changed my field of business and just started to work on my passion of writing, photography and video editing. Some might also call it a midlife crisis but I like to be positive and call myself a procrastinator. Of course, in no way do I say procrastinating is a good thing but we all should learn to embrace our powers. With such confidence of procrastination there is also a belief that the work will be done. Maybe not on time, but done the least.
All what you read are just my opinions. I would have done more research on the subject but that’s an issue for another day. I would end with a valuable advice which has helped me and countless others is to break down your tasks to smaller portions, this helps to recognize important tasks that can be completed first.
Are you also a shameless procrastinator and have found life changing superpowers when you decided to wait out? Well, go on, inspire us with your story!