Not a Good Combination – Procrastination and You

By Mae Davies / October 17, 2014
Not a Good Combination - Procrastination and You

Procrastination is an ugly word. When you do it, people will call you “lazy.” In some instances, they are wrong. Some people just like to wait until the time is “right.” It means that they look thoroughly before leaping and they analyze every angle to achieve the best results. That is called precision. How do you differentiate between precision and procrastination? If you have exhausted all the avenues to be able to do a certain task, and you feel bad about not being able to do it, congratulations! That’s far from procrastinating. But, if you stop altogether without even trying, you’ve got a big problem.  Check out the list below:

  • Can it be done now?
  • Do you have everything you need to do it now?
  • Are you feeling well?
  • Do you think it’s too easy of a task?
  • Do you still have time? procrastination

If all your answers are “yes” and you choose to not do a project “now,” then you’re definitely procrastinating! Simply put, to procrastinate is “avoiding” doing a task that you can actually do at the soonest possible time, which is now! Commonly, you won’t do it because you can do something that’s more pleasurable, like watch a movie, dine out, or sleep (even when you’re not feeling sleepy).

Who can blame you? Sometimes it’s just so easy to forget about all the stress and life pressures. All you want to do is stay in bliss. But look at it this way: that something that is pleasurable can become even more pleasurable if you do it when all your tasks are done!

Overcoming procrastination may be difficult, so try to challenge yourself into finding your own effective ways. See the pleasurable activity as a reward. Tell yourself something like this: “If I get this job done wonderfully, I’ll really, really splurge on_____________.” You name it. What do you want to splurge on? Food? Movies? Sleep? If you finish a job, the reward will be well deserved. In other words, it feels better than doing it BEFORE anything is accomplished.

To further motivate you to overcome procrastinating, follow this rule: expect the unexpected. Yes, you may have a lot of time on your hands now, and the job is fairly easy, but what if tomorrow is a blast and the easy task gets buried under more pressing matters. Before you know it, the easy task is forgotten and the deadline is missed. Now you’ll utter the ugliest words in history, “If only I had…”

Overcoming procrastination should start now. Don’t start tomorrow; start right this minute. Pick up a pen and a notepad and write down things that you have to accomplish by the end of the week. Prioritize them and if you can do something now, do it so that there can be one task crossed out on your list.

Just imagine how overcoming procrastination can give you a good weekend! 

About the author

Mae Davies

BA, MA Psychology (and Conflict Resolution), University of Cambridge (2007). With a decade of trial and error in psychology and 33 years of navigating my own complex (that's one word for it!) relationships with family, friends, co-workers and men, I hope I have some useful knowledge and skills to share with my readers about making sense of relationships and trying to become a better person every day.