Procrastination 101

I really do think I am the world’s worst procrastinator and either took a course on it without realising or am supposed to write a book on it but keep putting it off!

Too late - conceptual alarm clock showing that you are too late

On reflection, I think you are either a ‘do things whilst you think of it’ kind of person or like me a ‘let me think about it and get back to you’ sort. The latter giving me more time to put things off or in some cases just forgetting.  When I do remember, the adrenalin kicks in and there is a mad rush to meet the deadline. Apparently I am not alone, I have spoken to quite a few people who say they like to work under pressure. It’s like knowing your tax return is due a year in advance, but only looking for the information on the due date and trying to submit it online. Why do we do it to ourselves? I don’t have the answer to that, but I do know that if I know I can put something off because the date is some point in the future then I will.

I have the same problem with being organised for presents or the like. Buying Christmas presents – I tried one year to start a couple of months ahead and felt like I had lost the excitement of being able to give the person their present fairly soon after buying/making it. It’s like Easter eggs – (well they don’t last in the house very long due to my chocolate addiction) – but I have bought some this week and finding it annoying that I am going to have to wait a few more weeks (near on 2 months!!!) before I can hand them over.Mumof2.com - Deadline

When I worked in a ‘proper job’ – I was very organised and suppose I had to meet deadlines on an hourly basis at times and so doing something the moment it arrived on my desk was the only option. Now I kind of think there is more to life than deadlines but end up getting the ‘hooray! I made it’ but delaying things. Our house wakes up anywhere from 6:30am and we loaf about (knowing there is somewhere we have to be by 10.30am) and at 10am it’s like alarm bells go off and there is a mad rush to make sure everyone is dressed and out the door on time. What is with that?!?! We have had like 4 hours to do all that yet we still will only just be on time or a few minutes late.

I am sure I am not the only one that irritates themselves with this and have a feeling it is not going to change.