Is Procrastination a Waste of Time?
I can't put this off one minute longer!
I have been meaning to write this hub for 3 months, 27 days, 16 hours and 10 minutes now. Ok,so discounting legitimate time spent doing paid client work, attending to my personal and family needs and watching the Super Bowl, it's probably more like 3 months, 21 days, 4 hours and 7 minutes. The point is, time has passed and the hub is still not written.
Why do I do this? Why this disconnect between intention and output? Will I ever be able not to put things off? Or am I doomed to carrying the evil procrastination monkey on my back forever?
Procrastination as Art Form
I really do want to write this hub. I believe it contains vital information for others who, like me, suffer from "chronic procrastination." According to Psychology Today that is some 20-25% of the population. You would think that that would be motivation enough. If reading my hub could save even one person from wasting a day, or even a few hours of their time, wouldn't that be important?
And yet, here I sit. Day after day. Meaning well. Producing nil. How does this happen? I decided to analyze myself (once a psych major always a psych major, I guess). I found some very interesting patterns to my behavior. I present them here with the hope that other hubbers, or others in general, might learn from my time management mistakes.
Little F'in Annie Don't Know Squat
Famous Quotes on Procrastination
Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task. ~William James
Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday. ~Don Marquis
Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday. ~Author Unknown
Every duty which is bidden to wait returns with seven fresh duties at its back. ~Charles Kingsley
The sooner I fall behind, the more time I have to catch up. ~Author Unknown
If it weren't for the last minute, I wouldn't get anything done. ~Author Unknown
Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at that moment. ~Robert Benchley
There are a million ways to lose a work day, but not even a single way to get one back. ~Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister
It is an undoubted truth, that the less one has to do, the less time one finds to do it in. ~Earl of Chesterfield
The two rules of procrastination: 1) Do it today. 2) Tomorrow will be today tomorrow. ~Author Unknown
One of the greatest labor-saving inventions of today is tomorrow. ~Vincent T. Foss
Someday is not a day of the week. ~Author Unknown
To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing. ~Eva Young
Don't fool yourself that important things can be put off till tomorrow; they can be put off forever, or not at all. ~Mignon McLaughlin,The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960
Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. ~C. Northcote Parkinson, 1958
If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it. ~Olin Miller
What may be done at any time will be done at no time. ~Scottish Proverb
There's nothing to match curling up with a good book when there's a repair job to be done around the house. ~Joe Ryan
I do my work at the same time each day - the last minute. ~Author Unknown
Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week. ~Spanish Proverb
Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow. ~Mark Twain
Procrastination is like masturbation. At first it feels good, but in the end you're only screwing yourself. ~Author Unknown
One of these days is none of these days. ~Attributed to both Henri Tubach and H.G. Bohn
A Day in the Life of a Procrastinatrix
I get up. I turn on my laptop. If I am smart and feeling disciplined, I go directly into Hub Pages.
But too often I make the mistake of logging into my work email. You know, just in case one of my clients wants something. Unfortunately, that email account is where I receive news of new Hub Happenings. As I scroll down the page I am faced with a plethora of Hub News.
Can it really be? New hubs by PGrundy,TKeeley,ChristophReilly,Rockinjoe,LadyGuinevere,SweetiePie,
ShirleyAnderson,SomeLikeItScott,CrisA,Goldentoad,Earnestshub,ConstantWalker,St.James,CCRiter,AJCor,DennyLyon,TrishA,SallysTrove AND MellasViews??
I'm distracted already! So many great hubbers Where do I begin???
The Psychology of Procrastination
- Psychology Today: Procrastination: Ten Things To Know
Is your procrastination hindering you? Ten things you should know.
... and my personal favorite quote
You know you are getting old when it takes too much effort to procrastinate. ~Author Unknown
So Easily Led Astray
Back into Hub Pages. I check my HubScore. I answer any comments on my hubs. There I am, already in my own account. The logical next thing is to press the "Create New Hub" button. But somehow, I just can't make myself do it.
I promise myself, "Just a quick peek" at Hubtivity. Uh oh. Lots going on this morning (like when isn't there?). I see Lita and NYNick79 are sparring again in the Politics Forum, mediated by CountryWomen. Oh, and Dorsi's commenting on an interesting sounding hub. Definitely worth a few minutes to go see what's what. Or maybe I should invest a half hour into learning something useful from the likes of Paul Deeds or Mark Knowles? Yes, that's a good use of time. Oh wait, what's this? Misty Horizon's online! And here comes Gwendymom!Well, there goes at least an hour. Wherever they go, laughter and frivolity follow.
Oh yes. I am like a little hub sheep, following in the hubsteps of those I have come to trust and admire. And because Hubtivity refreshes constantly, there's always somewhere new to comment, some new topic to delve into, the debate du jour to spectate.
Before I realize it, another day is done.Wasted. Finit. I've frittered away any hope of getting the research finished and the capsules assembled for this hub. I make a vow. TONIGHT, instead of commenting all over the place, I'll refrain. I'll be good. I'll impose every ounce of self-restraint. I WILL get this hub published. I will, I will, I will.
Until the cycle repeats itself. Evening distractions are really no different than daytime ones.
And the next thing I know, it's an obscene hour and Hubby's calling me to bed. Relucutantly, I sign out. I have no one else but myself to blame. I think of that annoying little orphan with the red curly mop of hair singing, "Tomorrow, tomorrow, there's always tomorrow." God, I hate that kid. God, I hate that song. But who am I kidding? That song could be my theme song (except that my theme song is "Rip Her to Shreds" by Blondie). But that's a subject for another hub. Which I will or won't get around to writing ... tomorrow.