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January 7th, 2008 at 02:10 pm

I'm a pro at procrastination.

I procrastinate pretty much everything. Stuff at work, paying bills, doing laundry, cleaning my apartment, eating... You name it, I've procrastinated it. I like to think that my single-ness is also a result of this. Yeah, that's it. I'm single because I'm procrastinating. =)

I think I do it because I like the stress. I like the pressure. I like knowing that it's do or die. I've got 24 hours to do something and it's time to put the game face on. Flip on the afterburners and the coffee machine. I'm in for a long night.

Then comes the sense of accomplishment - or the rare case of failure. Being able to do a week's worth of work in one day? What a rush! On the converse, utter failure means utter defeat. Nothing left to do but to man up and face the consequences. I'm getting what I deserve for having procrastinated this long and running out of time to do what I need to do. Scold me. Fine me. Tease me. Fail me.

Am I really that abnormal though? I'd like to think that procrastination is an innate human trait that's just dying to get out of everyone. I, subconsciously, embrace it with open arms. Even when I consciously choose not to put everything off to the last minute, it inevitably happens. I just can't get anything done unless the clock is ticking. Loudly.

So, readers, enlighten me on your thoughts on procrastination. Do you secretly do it and refuse to admit it? It's time to fess up.

4 Responses to “Procrastination”

  1. mom-sense Says:

    I am a procrastinator, like you; unlike you, I am not single, happily married for 18 years with many children. My procrastination usually stems from being over-committed (my own fault) and not being able to say "no". I work well under pressure and am always able to deliver, even at the last minute. However, I end up with sleepless nights or sleep with wierd dreams. I can't multitask very well and am not a good delegator. I can't even say that my procrastination stems from internal or external forces. Looking back even before my husband and kids, I was a procrastinator. I was born this way and accept that it is mostly who I am. Can't complain about it even ...

  2. Ralph Says:

    I'm a procrastinator also, but I HATE the pressure at the deadline. So why do I do it to myself? I think it's just that if I can be doing something enjoyable, then I do, putting off drudgery and difficult or distasteful tasks. But what really makes me happy is that feeling of accomplishment that only comes from work. I really admire people who just pitch in and do things immediately, and I try to be like that, but I falter shortly after getting started. But VERY often I get the feeling after completing a procrastinated task that I wish I had just done it and got it over with, the feeling after is incredible. So you would think that would motivate me. People are strange!

    What I REALLY hate is schedules. I just want to float along like a butterfly and enjoy life, so why are people always pressuring me with deadlines?

  3. baselle Says:

    I'm really not a procrastinator, but we use procrastination as a management tool at work. Often we have to know several things before we finish something, so we have to wait until things "settle out" so we do a task only once. If we do something immediately, making wrong assumptions, then have to do it over...we haven't saved any time. Big Grin

  4. Broken Arrow Says:

    Hahah, love the first sentence.

    You know what? I think I am technically a procrastinator. However, I am also somewhat impatient and anal. In other words, I'm conflicted. Big Grin

    Sometimes, I get stuff done right away. Other times, they never get done.

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