About Procrastination - Urgent Tasks - Less Urgent Tasks - Tips And Views

putting on hold - postponing - not prepared for the task at hand - urgent or not, pleasurable or otherwise, putting off something may give you more time to prepare - procrastination may be wise in some instances
putting on hold - postponing - not prepared for the task at hand - urgent or not, pleasurable or otherwise, putting off something may give you more time to prepare - procrastination may be wise in some instances | Source

Hey Procrastinators - Take On The Pleasurable Tasks First!

Procrastination is the battle between urgent tasks and less urgent tasks. If you are human you will select the pleasurable ones irrespective of the degree of urgency. The ones that have never been attempted are either put off for the last minute or put on hold indefinitely.

To postpone, or to put off things, in that manner for such reasons is logical too. However, human nature always tends to prioritize pleasurable tasks over others.

In cases when the degree of urgency of a particular task reaches danger levels, then the human being involved has no alternative but to attempt that particular task first.

Procrastination means postponing. Postponing has many reasons. One of them is laziness. Another is insufficient preparation or knowledge to accomplish the task.

One dictionary definition talks about putting on hold an urgent task. Does not draw comparison between urgent tasks and tasks that require less attention at that moment, and does not state reasons either.

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Reasons For Procrastination

Postponement - The Need To Put Things On Hold

In short, I don't see anything wrong in procrastinating. So go ahead and do what you have been doing, or better still don't do what ever you have not been doing. The Wiki definition of procrastination points out that it is most logical and human to do the pleasurable tasks first. I do not have to state any examples here.

The cry against procrastination apparently seeking a cure for constantly putting off something in favor of something else is redundant. Incongruous is a better word I would say. This is true only if the mean of all accepted definitions of procrastination is correct.

However, the purpose of this article is to discuss procrastination, properly define it, and if possible examine the available solutions to overcome putting off things. Otherwise let us be innovative and figure out ways to beat the issue of putting things on hold.

Getting Things Done On Time Beats Procrastination, Steers you Away From Yesterday

putting things on hold until the right time arrives - the right time is right now - the deadline depends on the task at hand and the degree of importance
putting things on hold until the right time arrives - the right time is right now - the deadline depends on the task at hand and the degree of importance | Source

Eliminate Putting Things Off - Killing Procrastination

Now Is The Hour

it's your thoughts that matter - the difficulties are all in your mind
it's your thoughts that matter - the difficulties are all in your mind | Source

Chores? Tasks? Not Now! Later! Later!

If you are a procrastinator and want to beat it, bear in mind that innovation has no limitations. Sometimes, like I have done, select a time frame and one unfinished job and start on it with determination. Rinse and repeat! Well, more about that later ... !

Simple tasks like sorting out your closet, or clearing your desk, giving your furniture a clean up, putting your documents in order, always tend to get put off due to the very fact that you know such tasks do not require much thinking and planning.

Laziness comes to play. Even the most active of people tend to show lethargy over issues involving attending to common chores like putting things in order within the house or in office. These are not gigantic tasks that require expertise and can be attended to anytime.

You just need to start, and then things will get rolling and eventually the tasks will be over and you will breathe a sigh of relief and congratulate yourself!

Procrastinators - Tomorrow Should Be The Deadline

to hold off - adjourn - delay - to suspend and shelve tasks at hand until you're ready - by tomorrow you'll be ready to start on just about any task - 'now' is the best time - tomorrow being the second best always arrives on time!
to hold off - adjourn - delay - to suspend and shelve tasks at hand until you're ready - by tomorrow you'll be ready to start on just about any task - 'now' is the best time - tomorrow being the second best always arrives on time! | Source

Tomorrow, Tomorrow

If The First Day Is Missed, The Second Is Good Enough

tomorrow does come after all - so hang on patiently - every procrastinator has his day - beat procrastination at its own game - make sure you start on the task at hand pleasurable or otherwise by tomorrow the latest
tomorrow does come after all - so hang on patiently - every procrastinator has his day - beat procrastination at its own game - make sure you start on the task at hand pleasurable or otherwise by tomorrow the latest | Source

Procrastinators Unite!

Procrastination has at some time or the other gotten the better of you whoever you are and whatever your profession and status in society is.

The need to stop procrastination will arise only when you begin to notice tasks piling up by the dozens, and over a period of time too.

It happens to everybody, and if you ever happen to come across someone to whom this kind of thing has never ever happened, make friends with him or her immediately! ... Heard of magnetic induction?

I certainly do know something of this as I too have for decades been an honorary guest of this wonderful phenomenon called procrastination!

Decades? ...... You heard me right the first time!

Well, wanna know more? Nah! Too embarrassing to talk about! However, I shall relate to you just one incident ... just one of many in my very own life!

Clear Backlog? ... You Mean Do It Right Now?

start straight away if the situation permits - putting things on hold would not be wise and would only be adding to your backlog
start straight away if the situation permits - putting things on hold would not be wise and would only be adding to your backlog | Source

Procrastination - Tales Of Mere Existence

To Beat Or Not To Beat Procrastination?

It goes like this. Well, in the early seventies I used to buy books from a local book store with the pocket money my mother used to give me. I save up for a whole week and then make my way on Friday afternoon to the bookstore, spend some time there and then make a couple of purchases.

Believe me, most of these books have, from the day of purchase never been touched by human hand.

Examining them closely would more likely reveal only the fingerprint of the cashier at the bookstore who turns it around to look at the price tag before receiving payment.

Bar-codes did not exist at that time. Even if it did, it would have been expensive to operate and would not have been profitable to incorporate such technology into small businesses.

I had a great craze for retaining the newness of things. This applied to books too. I never wanted to open a book wide, lest a line forms on the spine of the book. Crazy? ... Me? ... Well ... good observation!

That was one reason that I put them away for the right time and the right sequence to align. Wanting to do things in the right sequence is one of the main reasons for my procrastination.

On my part procrastination had not been an issue and there had not been any urgency to beat procrastination, but instead to stick to a sequence.

My motto was, complete one task first, then go for the other. In order to finish one, you need to start one, right? This is exactly where I had been failing.

Deadlines Have Been Met

if you had an assistant to attend to your important chores, what would you name him? - what day of the week would be most suitable for you to announce that all your tasks, urgent as not, pleasurable or otherwise, have been completed?
if you had an assistant to attend to your important chores, what would you name him? - what day of the week would be most suitable for you to announce that all your tasks, urgent as not, pleasurable or otherwise, have been completed? | Source

Fools Rush In

When The Need To Procrastinate Arises

Another reason for putting away these books was, I wanted them out of the grasp of my oldest brother. He being eighteen years senior to me, would simply grab them from me and rush to his bed.

There he would open the book wide and turn the front sleeve around to fit in with the rear sleeve so that he could simply use one hand to hold it before his eyeballs.

So very convenient indeed. Now, within just a couple of minutes he would be snoring away like hell's furnace on steroids. The book would be on the ground, face down, very close to an unextinguished cigarette and a toppled ash tray!

The spine of the book would have white lines on it indicating the pages at which the book had been flipped. I had devised many methods of repairing such damages. However I thought the best thing to do was to "put them away" safely in some place where they would escape getting into his line of vision during one of his frantic ranshacks.


Beat Procrastination

if you can't start on any task right now, at least start planning how to, at this very moment
if you can't start on any task right now, at least start planning how to, at this very moment | Source

Procrastination Continues To Rule And Probably Will And Hopefully Won't!

To this day I have a large collection of books on various topics that had interested me and a good number of them are, I would say still untouched from the time of purchase.

This, mind you, is one mere example in my life! I don't think that YOU the reader would be able to find a better example of procrastination in your life!

Well, with such a track record you may now ask the question if I am qualified to write on the topic of procrastination. Good question! However, I feel it is better to have lost first and then to have figured out a way to win. Thus, I assure you I am!

Up to now I have been talking about the results of my procrastination and some of the factors that had caused it. I have not yet started on how you could get over it!

In my case the benefits I have accrued are, I am the proud owner of hundreds of brand new books on dozens of topics as a result of my procrastination!

Another point worthy of mention is, the more you procrastinate, the more you have time to figure out how best to perform a particular task. There could be other benefits too.

Getting back to the topic of how to conquer procrastination, I would like to announce that I have in mind some plans on how to stop procrastinating once and for all, and then, while at it, devise a method on how to conquer it completely. I would like to discuss this with you. So if you are interested, well and good. Please read on!


Check Out What You Know About Postponement By Taking The Quiz Below.

The Rewards For Those Who Finish Their Chores On Time

having finished all your chores on time you may look forward to some pleasant surprises that GOD may have in store for you as a reward for your efforts
having finished all your chores on time you may look forward to some pleasant surprises that GOD may have in store for you as a reward for your efforts | Source

How To Stop Procrastinating

First of all I intend checking out all what needs to be done relating to what has been planned by me for the last few years and never attempted even once. I intend listing them in the order in which it comes to my mind. Once I think I have a complete list, my next step would be to prioritize each of these tasks and rewrite the list in that order.

Then I would re-examine this list and write it once more in a different order, easiest of tasks first and the most difficult of them at the very end.

Now, I have two lists. The first contains my tasks in the order of priority. The second contains a list of tasks in increasing degree of difficulty in accomplishing.

Which list should I select? Well, I would select the list which contains the tasks in increasing order of difficulty. What do I do with the other? Tear it into a thousand pieces!

Then why do you think I spoke of two lists? You see, I thought of YOU as well! If you too would like to follow the same plan that I intend following, then the choice between the two lists is all yours. See?

Now I grab a notebook and write down each of the tasks on my list as the header, devoting one full page for each task. Then I intend writing down the sequence and method in which I should accomplish each of them, which would be a step by step plan from the beginning of each task to the very end. This would be a list of sub-tasks.

I may select tasks at random and not stick to the sequence that I had planned, like starting off with the easiest task. Whichever task I select, all I need to do is check out the sequence of the sub tasks and simply follow them.


It would be much appreciated if you could kindly spare a few seconds to participate in this survey. Thanks!

Have you been a victim of procrastination? Do you keep postponing things or are you one of those "do it now" dudes?

  • Well, Quicksand, there are times when you do need to postpone things until you are in the proper mood or until you develop the right mind set. Most importantly, you need to understand what's in store for you and assess your ability in terms of the task in hand before starting anything. You see, barging headlong into a task unprepared would be foolish. So you need the time to pull yourself together and compose yourself and then forecast the result, and work towards the target.
  • Ugh! Big Chief Running Bear see buffalo, Big Chief shoot arrow instantly. Buffalo no wait until Big Chief Running Bear get ready!
  • Hey, I am glad that you included me in this poll. However, I don't have a plan at all. I play by ear. If the task is easy, I take it up instantly and accomplish it to the best of my abilities. If it is not, I simply trash it and forget about it. I don't make plans for tomorrow,
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tell us about your experiences in getting over putting things off - or about the backlog that has accumulated in your work - about how you plan to sort out everything - or even talk about your gripes connected to the issue discussed in this article
tell us about your experiences in getting over putting things off - or about the backlog that has accumulated in your work - about how you plan to sort out everything - or even talk about your gripes connected to the issue discussed in this article

Completely Conquering Procrastination

Of course you need to sacrifice some thing for this. Time and your effort. You need at least half an hour each day towards this mission. The time at which you perform your tasks should match the task too.

For example if you had planned to adjust the reflector of your solar panel, you need to do it while the sun is up, and thus you need to select a Saturday, a Sunday or some national holiday.

Each and every task on your list would have a time of the day or day of the week that is most suitable for it. The exception being a task like clearing clutter or polishing your trophies. These could be done anytime and on any day.

Observing this formula and accomplishing one task a day would, with every task accomplished, draw you nearer to your main target, that is to scream the words ... "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!"

Then ... as time goes by ... little by little ... you will find that you are ticking off tasks from your list, starting of course from your sub-list, and before you know it, you would have accomplished everything on the list!

Finished! ... Accomplished! ... Completed! ... What a great relief! You have conquered procrastination by grabbing it by the horns and flinging it to hell! ... Congratulations!

From then on, you could either stop planning or continue to plan and then when your list gets a little populated, rinse and repeat what you've done.

So, that's it! That's the way I intend doing it! If you think my system is good enough for you, go ahead and follow it. You could tweak it up here and there to suit your style and convenience. However, the most important thing is to take a firm decision that you will begin somewhere. Then get set to accomplish that very important first step ... writing a list.

At the time of publishing this article I had completed two lists, selected one, and destroyed the other. I also had made several corrections to the remaining list such that it could very well have been hailed as a masterpiece in planning!

Quite appropriately, I put it away in a safe place. You see things that are put away in safe places will remain there forever even if you've forgotten where you have put it!

As soon as I find that list I will get cracking on my tasks. So my advice to you is, do your own thing! Get cracking on your list. The sooner you start the better.

Read this article once more ... then think ... innovate ... !

Okay, take a break right now and start working on that list first thing tomorrow!

... concluded

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Do the easy tasks first. Take up tasks in ascending order of difficulty. That way you gain experience on the way up. The experience thus gained makes the task next in line less difficult than it would have been had you taken it up first. Otherwise, if you are the warrior type, take up the most difficult task first! Do you see the logic that backs this suggestion?

— QuickSand

© 2010 quicksand

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Feline Prophet 6 years ago from India

Haha, you sound just like my sister! She is quite paranoid about keeping her books looking pristine - she covers them with plastic and stores them in alphabetical order. And she reads them in the order that she buys them - nothing ever jumps the queue!

As for me - I'm too lazy to even procrastinate! The thought of something looming undone in the future is too terrifying to contemplate. Much rather take a nap. :D


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

quicksand - you are soooo funny! Making lists because you procrastinate? For women, I don't suppose procrastination is too much of a problem because they multotask and can get so much more done faster - whether better is another question!

Enjoyed the hub my friend - thanks for the early morning laughs :)


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quicksand 6 years ago Author

Hi Feline Prophetess! Your sister is brilliant. Covering new books with plastic is a great way of retaining the newness of books.

In fact I got down a roll of that transparent sticky polythene way back in 1992 to do what your sister has done! I know exactly where I have stored it.

I need to only unwrap the roll, measure, cut, and then paste. This needs to be done painstakingly as the paper keeps curling back and when you uncurl it, a portion of it gets stuck to a part of the sleeve ahead of the required alignment.

Removing it will only cause the skin of the sleeve to peel off along with the sticker paper. That is why I keep postponing!

As for you, if you think you are lazy, try a little procrastination! Probably procrastination could be a remedy for laziness. :lol:

Thanks for reading my article and commenting! Cheers!


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quicksand 6 years ago Author

Hi Shal, how are you doing? I am amazed by what you have said!!! Sure women have a knack for getting things done and pretty much faster too!

There must have been some miraculous substance in Adam's rib!

Thanks for commenting! Cheers!


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

I too have hundreds of books I purchased but have not yet read. I'm not sure that is because of procrastination. I think I bought more than I could read. I think I will read them eventually. :)


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quicksand 6 years ago Author

Hi James! You too? I used to think I was the only one! Thanks for checking out my article and commenting. :)


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wandererh 6 years ago from Singapore

I was going to read this when you first published it but thought I'd wait a few days. And you know what? Reading this hub 4 days on is just as good as reading it when it is brand new. :)


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quicksand 6 years ago Author

Hi wandererh! Sure you've got a great point here! Procrastination has its benefits after all! Thanks for visiting and commenting. :)


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wandererh 6 years ago from Singapore

Come to think of it, it's actually better than when it's new. Now, I get to view the comments and your responses. I must procrastinate more next time. :)


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quicksand 6 years ago Author

Great point wandererh! Everybody should think in similar fashion!!! Or should they? :) Thanks again.


aprendeingles 6 years ago

Procrastination is a wonderful thing - how many of us could actually say "It´s never happened to me!"?????


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quicksand 6 years ago Author

Only Adam and Eve! - Thanks apprendeingles.


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BeatsMe 6 years ago

Wow. You have explained yourself so well. :) And being the owner of dozens of new books? Hmmm. Are they outdated though? I had some really new but outdated magazines. :P


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quicksand 6 years ago Author

Hi BeatsMe, most of them are on scientific stuff, yoga, mind, telekenesis, and so on. I would not know if they are outdated unless I compare them with the current theories! Ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! What a gigantic task I have in hand. I've got to start somehow tomorrow!

Thanks for checking out my article and commenting! :)


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FloBe 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I also suffer from procrastination I'm afraid, although after reading your article I seem to be quite successful in completing my lists! I truly enjoyed a good laugh. Thanks!


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quicksand 6 years ago Author

You are welcome FloBe! Thanks for visiting my hub and commenting. Cheers!


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BrianS 6 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

I think the list writing idea is great and soon as I can find some time I am going to do that!!


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quicksand 6 years ago Author

Thanks for commenting, Brian! Better start on that list first thing tomorrow. Cheers! :)


Whikat 5 years ago

Hey Quicksand,

Very useful advice, the only thing I do not like about making lists for me personally is at the end of the day it seems that there is more added to the list instead of the list reducing. The only list I have ever been able to complete is the weekly grocery list, any suggestions?


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quicksand 5 years ago Author

Thanks for the comment, Whicat! The grocery list is good enough a place to start! Happy shopping! :)


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RunAbstract 5 years ago from USA

Really great article! I love the little banner that reads "Tommow is the second day of the rest of your life"! And naturally I had to stop and listen to the Bee Gees! Great song, and oh so fitting to go along with your article.

Being a book hound myself, I completely understand you buying books, (although I read mine). ;)

I enjoyed this and pushed your buttons!


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quicksand 5 years ago Author

Hi RunAbstract! Thanks for visiting my hub. I am glad you kinda liked it!

Well "Tomorrow Is The Second Day Of The Rest Of Your Life" is my version of the well known saying "Today Is The First Day Of The Rest Of Your Life!" I simply modified it to suit the situation.

Of course I do not know who the author of the orignal phrase is. Had I known, I would have definitely aplogised for the unauthorised alteration!

Thanks for your interesting comment! :)


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princess g 5 years ago

Therre are always a ton of things I plan to start first thing tomorrow! :)


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quicksand 5 years ago Author

Be patient, Princess G, tomorrow is just around the corner!

Thanks for your comments! :)


kims3003 4 years ago

Another fine piece of work by quicksand! Well written - great style and sense of humor. Loved it! Well done ...


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quicksand 4 years ago Author

Thanks a lot Kims! I really appreciate your encouragement!


grace 4 years ago

Of all the advises you gave, the last one is the greatest of all them. It's crackling the list tomorrow- just kidding! I found a great video about how to stop procrastinating and start doing what should be done. It's a video from Marie Forleo. http://marieforleo.com/2011/02/overcome-procrastin...


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quicksand 4 years ago Author

Thanks Grace, thanks for reading and making a comment.


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Richawriter 4 years ago from On Top of the World

Hey there Quicksand!

Funny and up by the way.

This is a topic I love as like you, I am haunted by the spectre of procrastination. No matter which way I turn, there it is rearing it's ugly head, albeit smiling ugly head!

I ike the technique you use, although it is a little bit too much for me. I'm more of a 'do it when I can' kind of person and never really plan in detail at all.

Well. Keep up the good work ... when you are not procrastinating, that is!

Peace. :)


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quicksand 4 years ago Author

Hi there Richie!

Great to "see" you here! Let me confess something ... you see, most of the tasks I take up are never finished. I move on to something else when I reach the difficult part!

Thanks for reading my article and commenting. Much appreciated.

Peace 2u2! :)


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BlissfulWriter 4 years ago

I like that procrastination video from "Tales Of Mere Existence" -- funny.

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