Procrastination is a habit. People aren’t born procrastinators or hard workers, it’s something your learn, like biting your fingernails. Luckily, it can be unlearned as well. ” – Mark T. Wieczork
Yesterday, I planned to write a blog. It had been a few days since my last post. I felt it was time to write something.
Instead of writing I decided to surf the internet. My little son was independent yesterday. As a matter of fact, he played by himself or with the dog for hours. It would have been the perfect time to write a blog or two. However, I didn’t. I put it off, until finally it was too late to start a blog. I procrastinated.
What did I do with my time yesterday? I searched for a job. I read an article about hiring a career coach. Which lead me to another article about getting a job over the age of 50. Finally, I read a blog about getting back to work. The entire morning was spent reading articles. However, just last week I had told myself I would stop looking for a job and have things stay as they are.
What a huge waste. The thing is, if I was not going to write a blog, I had a ton of other things I should have done. The laundry basket was overflowing, I had bills to pay, paperwork to complete, groceries to buy and people to call. Did I do any of those things? No. I sat in front of the computer.
I have not always been a procrastinator. When I worked outside the home, I was very productive. I had far less time, but was able to do more. Being home is very distracting, especially if your co-worker is a small child. Putting things off is easy. I always tell myself, I can do it tomorrow. There is no motivation for me to complete things ahead of time. If I do, what would be the reward?
I have become a professional procrastinator. This is not a career to put on a résumé, so I better quit…now.
How do I stop putting off things, I know I should get done? Maybe I should look for the answer on the internet.
Not today, maybe tomorrow. I will have a lot more time then.