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Practicing procrastination

{We do this weekly feature over on The Maven Circle called Truthy Tuesday different topics each week. We’d love to have people post their experiences around those topics on their own blogs too, to encourage more truthiness around blogland and openly talk about some of these things!}

Psst- Jena and I are switching back and forth week to week posting Truthy Tuesdays on the Maven Circle blog and on our personal blogs. Here’s where you can find Jena’s post about balance and mine is below.
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I’m not a procrastinator. That’s the truth. As I started thinking about writing this post the first thing I thought was, “What do I really know from a personal prospective about procrastination?”

Then I noticed the dishes needed washing so I did that.

Back to my post, “What could I write about that’s about me and my avoidance of doing things that I know I should?”

Then I noticed my floor was filthy and needed sweeping.

I’ve avoided sweeping now for weeks, because I don’t like to, but when it came time to write about something I thought I knew very little about from my personal experience, I decided I NEEDED to clean the floor.

Once the floor was clean I was shocked at how much clutter was everywhere in different corners of the house, so I really HAD to deep clean and organize some things.

This was the moment I realized that I, someone who doesn’t see herself as a procrastinator was procrastinating writing about procrastination, which is pretty ridiculous

This brought up three thoughts for me simultaneously:

1. Anyone is capable of procrastination– For those who think they don’t, I bet you do in some areas of their lives and for those who do, you’re not alone. Even us non-procrastinators find ourselves putting things off at times.

It’s really all in how you label your behavior, which is often connected to how often you practice it.

2. Understanding the reasons behind procrastination– In my case, I felt I didn’t know about procrastination in a personal way, which is similar to feeling unqualified or not having enough information.  There are tons of other reasons we procrastinate, but the more we can understand our behavior the more we can hope to change it. That is, if we’d like to.

3. What you call a behavior is often what you believe of yourself– I don’t call myself a procrastinator and generally I don’t put things off, but obviously there are some things I do put off. I can think of an email or two that I need to send and the floor, I’m sure I’ll procrastinate cleaning it again soon.

Even if I did procrastinate a lot, I think I wouldn’t call myself a procrastinator.

Who wants to be a behavior anyway? Particularly a behavior of non-movement. Sounds like a dull way to describe yourself to me.
I’d rather be accomplishing things and living life and describing myself in those ways.

So now that I’ve practiced procrastination, with the awareness that I was practicing it, I’m reminded that it’s stressful to procrastinate. I wouldn’t recommend it.

If you can, procrastinate procrastination, which I’m think means go for it. Or at least that’s what I mean it to mean.

How about you? Are you a procrastinator? Do you find procrastinating stressful?

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  1. Posted July 24, 2012 at 7:34 pm | #

    What it comes down to, in my humble opinion, is procrastination is a form of time management. Sometimes I feel like a one-man-band juggling many tasks at the same time, and so I prioritize what needs to get done. Sweeping that floor can take place later, packing those orders needs to get done NOW. Is procrastination a dirty label, I think so! Perhaps that’s just because it is habit of mine :)

    • Posted July 24, 2012 at 7:55 pm | #

      Hi Leah, Yes, I agree with you. So much of what we think of as procrastination is really just about labeling behavior. I tend to do the now stuff now, but sometimes you have to do things out of order to make your heart happy. When I wrote this post yesterday that’s where I was at. Today, I’m on fire. Such is the ebb and flow of life. Thanks for your input.

  2. Posted July 27, 2012 at 5:14 am | #

    You crack me up Jen! It was very observant of you to notice that you were procrastinating while attending to other things. Now I need to learn how to procrastinate while getting other things done :)
    I consider myself a procrastinator and really don’t want to be labeled as a behavior. I can definitely apply that way of thinking to other labels I have given myself too. Thanks for the perspective!

    • Posted July 28, 2012 at 12:58 am | #

      Thanks, Kerry! I was cracking myself sometimes up too. Thanks for your kind words and for sharing your thoughts!

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