Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task. William James
According to Psychology today, everybody procrastinates sometimes, but about 20% of the population chronically avoid difficult tasks and deliberately look for distractions which, unfortunately are increasingly available. Computers are the #1 time-snatching culprit these days.
A younger friend of mine, (who puts the “pro” into procrastination), recently challenged me with, “So, are you telling me that when you were young and there weren’t any computers, there weren’t any procrastinators either?
Hmm….you caught me there. That’s a very didactic question – let me give that one some thought.
Ok…I’ve thought about it – there were procrastinators back in the stone age too. There has always been perceived, time-worthy distractions in life.
Generally speaking, I’m not a procrastinator. My many years of athletic training taught me some good ol’ self discipline and the mantra, “Work hard, then play hard.” sits well with me. (Being task-oriented helps too.) However, to be perfectly honest, there are definitely some tasks that I do not enjoy doing – cleaning the refrigerator and ironing top that list. I strategically push those chores to the bottom of the list and conveniently run out of time. As the old proverbs wisely claims, “one of these days becomes none of these days.”
My other strategy is to get the hard stuff done first and reward myself with chocolate.
I refuse to have an official “honey do” list – but I’m very thankful that Chris doesn’t mind ironing…
…or cleaning the refrigerator.
MAKE A MOMENT TO MUSE
- Are you a procrastinator? Do you see procrastination as a problem?
- What’s your least favourite chore to complete?
- What do you think about the Bible verse below?
speak truth:The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing. Proverbs 20.4 ESV