PROCRASTINATION, It isn't always Bad.
What's the big hurry?
As I sit down to write......
When I feel the spark of inspiration to write, I don't always have a topic nor even as much as an idea in mind. I can sit staring at my screen and keyboard, kick back, take a few deep breaths and even glance around the room for close to an hour.
I've recently come to the realization that this is perhaps some kind of ritual my body goes through to snap my mind into firing up on all cylinders. Prior to this thought, I blamed it on my tendency to procrastinate. I rarely if ever, jump into things instantly or impulsively. Well OK, except for those half dozen disastrous relationships. Hey, I was young.
When I first began writing for a local magazine, I knew I could easily create an article on the habit of Procrastinating since I'm an expert. That was years ago and truthfully....I never got around to it. So, when I signed up to free-lance online at a website called, HubPages, I was all set to go for it....the Procrastination thing....con mucho gusto.
Instead, I was sidetracked somehow, so I wrote three hubs that have absolutely nothing to do with procrastination.
I do know a thing or two about bad habits. Not all bad habits nor just any generic bad habits, of course, but my own carefully nurtured habit of procrastinating. By the way, let me make something perfectly clear. It so happens, I don't believe that putting things off until a later time, is so terribly unforgivable. In fact, I don't recall a single incident where this attitude has caused me irreparable damage.
Sure, I know. Save your breath. You are not familiar with bad habits. Bravo. I'm impressed. I'm positive you're very organized, complete with your little to-do list and strictly followed schedule. This is commendable.
Finally, this is it. You're reading my article on the habit of Procrastination. There's a lot to be said about the excitement of reaching a goal, no matter how long it takes you to actually get there.
You may be interested to know that the first article I published on this site is a romantic story of triumph over tragedy. My second attempt is a mini-Historical presentation of Famed Female Trailblazers who are honored in the Women's Hall of Fame, at Seneca Falls, New York.The next article I published is a synopsis of the Jaycee Dugard Story, an amazing young Heroine, who has just recently found her own book on the Best Seller's List. Her fabulous true tale is one of incredible strength and tenacity through the most egregious of tragedies.
On to my Topic:
Since we don't know one another, you're gonna have to trust me on this. When I tell you I KNOW about Procrastination....I mean I have experience, knowledge and letters of reference. I freely confess. I have nothing to hide nor fear. I am here to tell you that this habit is simply not as bad as you may have thought and certainly does not deserve it's unpleasant reputation.
The official definition in my New World Dictionary, Second College Edition, reads: Procrastinate:.......belonging to the morrow.....put off doing something to a future time; especially to postpone habitually.
So my friend, we see it is a habit, but nothing is written to suggest that to "procrastinate" is a BAD habit. This is simply rumor.....a nasty label connected to perfectly normal behavior, fabricated by impatient, demanding individuals. You know, those anal people who want everything yesterday? I hate them. People like this serve no purpose in society....in my humble opinion.
There are benefits to procrastination......plenty of positive side effects. This is true, especially if we use the definition in it's literal terms. Remember the last time you were really mad at someone? You were angry enough to wish them horrible nightmares. All you wanted to do, was hunt him/her down and give that jerk a good piece of your mind. But just then you heard the voice of reason, reminding you to hold your temper, hold your tongue, until you've had a good night's sleep......."All looks better in the morning"....we've all heard that one.
That is literally, "postponing," albeit, for the purpose of civility. Procrastinating in this case, prevented you from releasing pent up frustration and anger, causing yourself possible embarrassment and/or being charged with harassment.....and an ultimate overnight stay in County lock-up. Good move.
I guess what it comes down to for me and all of you like me (even those in denial)...is that I just don't understand what the big rush is all about. If you're not an ambulance driver, why speed? If someone is not chasing you with a knife, why run? For that matter, unless you know for absolute certainty, today is your last day on earth, why attempt to cram every single thing you can think of into 24 hours?
Yes, people may get very frustrated with you and complain about your terrible habit of continually putting things off until later You might miss a few appointments or lose a couple of random opportunities. Your car will always look like the inside of the dumpster behind McDonald's and you'll get a few calls from Debt Recovery & Associates. Big deal.
I say, "Smell the morning coffee".....even if it's noon.....and for cryin out loud, definitely smell the roses before they wilt and die. I promise, you'll live longer
I once shopped for a new car for a period of 13 months. I know what you're thinking, but in the meantime, I got to use my husband's car. There was so much for me to think about and research. Every time I thought I might be ready to buy that car, it seemed I just got detained or sidetracked somehow and in that extra time, I'd conjure reason to doubt my decision and wind up back at square one.
You might find this to be an annoying way to go about anything. Ah Ha! Ye of short-sightedness. Have I got a happy ending for you....well, more like a happy ending for me. One afternoon I get a call from my son who tells me that he and his wife are looking at buying a new car and he thinks I should buy my daughter-in-law's car from them.
A deal fell right into my lap. The car was in excellent condition, inside and out. I couldn't beat the price and at the same time, I was helping my son by taking it off their hands right then and there. I merely point out, my friend, there are situations that, when putting things off for what may seem like a ridiculous length of time, turns out to be very beneficial and productive.
This type of scenario has played out for this Procrastinator more often than not. I wouldn't make this up. It's really important to me to help more people understand that we're not the scatterbrained and disorganized individuals you may have always thought.
We have our saving graces. I ask that you think twice before ripping in to the next person you wish would get their damned act together and get things done. Lighten up, please. Things do get done eventually. We are not all Type A people, you know. We deserve love too.
I want you to know that I plan on writing a follow-up article soon, entitled "What I'd Rather Do, than What I Should Do." You'll be impressed, maybe even amazed at what I know about that. Keep your eyes peeled but do not hold your breath. I'm just sayin.........
As for those individuals who like to berate you for not jumping & acting according to schedule.....who nag you to finish what you started.......Just smile and remind them that perfection takes time......and you're working on it.