I’ve spent the last 3 days trying to make space to catch up on some work but I’m no closer today than Monday. Change is hard. Some days just getting to the regular things is hard enough, let alone doing something outside the regular, but what are you going to do just mail it in and give up? Not I.
Procrastination is one of the tell tale signs of the ADD mind apparently, but good news, it’s was also why Steve Jobs was so great. At least that’s what the clickbait told me on the interwebs the other day. If this is true, I am right around the corner from creating the next Pixar, because I have a PhD in the procrastinations.
I always seem to deliver, but I will take your 11th hour and raise you a 12th. Deadlines are set because that’s when you need something, not because you wanted it earlier than that. While this may be the case, I’ve taken to starting projects on the deadline so as to keep things interesting. It’s like I prefer a full plate of stress and then like a side or two of it just in case.
The thing about successful procrastination is that it breeds more and more and more. When we constantly get by as the final bell tolls, we create a reward system the embraces the thing that is causing us the pain and instead of just getting something done, it reinforces you (me) being some sort of hero for getting it done under pressure. Humans are an idiotic bunch.
If I could fix one or two things about me, reeling in procrastination is up there on the list. Like high.
As with all behavior change, first we have to recognize it, then we have to do something different. I’ve been successful at procrastinating for upwards of 40 years. High school projects the night before, order deadlines selling shoes, reading a book and writing a paper in one day. All of these were a “success” and rewarded my bad behavior. It’s going to take a lot of deliberate undoing
I wonder if getting ahead feels as fulfilling.
I’m going to give it a try today.