Lawson writes . . . sharing thoughts and memories

June 11, 2010

My Excuse To Procrastinate

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

“Well, I am going to . . . that is my intention!”  “I really plan to clean out the attic!”  “I am going to see what is in the boxes!”  “I really am going to watch my diet!”  “On Monday, I will start exercising more!”  “I really intend to write that thank you!”  “I will be reading my Bible more next year!”  “I need to balance the check book.”  “I plan to call for a doctor’s appointment.” 

And add infinitum to that list!  Are you with me?  Don’t we all have such good intentions?  Do you find, like I do, that it is so easy to put off those things we truly want to do?  Why do we procrastinate?  We might explore that, and then I will give you my excuse for procrastinating.

Now I remind you that this is not an advice column.  It is not an authoritative word.  I am not a psychologist.  I simply blog–that means I just write what I think.   I have thought about procrastination.  As I reflect on it from my perpective, I surmise several reasons for procrastinating.

One, I believe it is easy to procrastinate because I don’t want to do the task.  I will put off pulling down those attic stairs, enduring the heat, opening boxes, and then repacking them simply because I don’t want to do it NOW!  It will wait, I say, so why go to all that work today?  Of course, for me in retirement, I have the luxury of waiting to do that, but I am procrastinating if it is the matter of sitting down and writing a check for the electric bill and mailing it.  I may put it off a day or two, but to delay simply because I don’t want to do it is truly procrastination–and it will have a consequence!

Another reason I think I procrastinate is that there are some other things I prefer at the moment.  It is easy for me to delay attending to a matter because I would rather do something else.  I need to put the trash out before the men come by in the morning, but I don’t want to miss that movie on television.  Maybe that is ok if I don’t forget the trash . . . but for me, it is wiser to respond to the more important while it is on my mind.  I can delay in calling that friend that I promised to call by today, because I would rather take that evening walk!  That is wrong!

I also add to my list of reasons for procrastinating that sometimes I delay because I fear failure.  If honest, there are matters that need to be addressed, but I will find excuses not to do it because I am afraid I cannot do it.  The table bought at the thrift shop needs to be sanded and stained.  I had said I could do it.  It would be no problem.  But I don’t get started because I fear it will not turn out the way I have envisioned.  Or perhaps, I keep putting off starting that diet because I really don’t think I will stick to it.  Why start something if I think I will fail?

Do you identify with any of the above?  Then what are we going to do about it?  I remember a quote, but not who made it, “Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday.”  I believe that person was telling me that it comes down to me.  No one else can do for me what I must do for myself.  I must do those tasks!  And I must do them now!

“Mañana” is the Spanish word for tomorrow.  In 1947, Peggy Lee made famous a  song by that name.  It was all about “putting off” until tomorrow what should be done today.  “The window she is broken and the rain is coming in.  If someone doesn’t fix it, I’ll be soaking to my skin.  But if we wait a day or two, the rain may go away.  And we don’t need a window on such a sunny day.  Mañana, mañana, mañana is soon enough for me.”  That is the theme song for procrastination!  If I am going to put off anything until tomorrow, why not let it be procrastination?

I have a choice.  I can choose, make a decision about, be determined to do, and even schedule my tasks.  I cannot blame anyone for my procrastination. I will not be a procrastinator!  And the result can be less stress and even the escape from a sense of guilt.  Are you with me?  Let’s look at that list of things we have intended to do . . . and right now get started!

“One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.”  (Proverbs 18:9) “Diligent hands will rule . . . .”  (Proverbs 12:24)  “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.”  (Ecclesiastes 9:10)  “Now listen, you who say,’Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’  Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.  What is your life?  You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”  (James 4:13,14)

Now that I have shared the “deep” stuff with you, let me do as I promised at the beginning of this blog.  I will tell you my excuse, or reason,  for procrastination.  And you can close this blog with a smile.  God put me here on the earth to do certain things.  Right now, I am so far behind that I will never die!




1 Comment »

  1. Ouch! So true. Why does it seem to be more of a battle for some of us?

    Thanks, Lawson, for not procrastinating about writing a blog. What a blessing it is to so many!

    Comment by Maggie King — June 14, 2010 @ 7:52 am | Reply

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