From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
In psychology, procrastination refers to the act of replacing high-priority actions with tasks of low-priority, and thus putting off important tasks to a later time.
Steel (2007) reviews all previous attempts to define procrastination, indicating it is “to voluntarily delay an intended course of action despite expecting to be worse off for the delay.”
Procrastination may result in stress, a sense of guilt and crisis, severe loss of personal productivity, as well as social disapproval for not meeting responsibilities or commitments.
After reading the definition of procrastination which most of us already knew to some degree, if not 100%, and nothing good will come from it, yet most of us continue to procrastinate!
Most of us are in a specific industry where all day we do for others what we also need to do for ourselves, but put it off when it comes to us personally. Example, when I was growing up my Mom worked in a grocery store and my neighbor’s Mom worked at a bank. I am not exaggerating when I write that at least once a week I went next door to borrow milk in the morning and my neighbors children would need cash for their lunch! As a child this bewildered me how can my Mom leave her work at a grocery store and not get milk, I mean she was there most of the day? How did my neighbor’s Mom work at the bank and rarely have cash?
Now, in my chosen profession I make sure all my client’s taxes are paid, insurance is quoted and chosen with plenty of time to make a good decision. Their cars are clean, registered, and well maintained. They have groceries for the entire week; their vacations are scheduled and paid for. The things they want to wear on the weekend have been dry cleaned and exactly where they are supposed to be.
As for me, hmmm….honestly I wait till the last minute to do everything and wake up in a panic after having a nightmare that I missed the date and not done something needing to be done. Promise myself the next morning I will take care of it and the next day I do not get around to it and make that same promise to myself again.
As I write this I can’t think for the life of me why I would not treat myself as a client and practice what I preach so I can enjoy everyday, and when that nightmare hits wake up and know that it had already been done instead of thinking I will do it tomorrow.
How about you? What wakes you up at night or often bothers you because day after day it does not get done even though you know it?
By, J. Doe