Thoughts on Procrastination

Definition of procrastination: to put off intentionally the doing of something that needs to be done

Last week, I wrote a few ideas of a book I’ve thought of writing about parenting. I’ve thought about it for years, but the blog is the only lines I’ve written on it thus far. I’ve put it off until a time when I have time. Or when I don’t have other books I’d rather work on. I have a lot of other ideas for books that I’ve put on the back burner so I can work on something else. Is that procrastinating?

I write blogs once a week, and sometimes write several a week. Lately, I’ve written the blog late on Saturday nights, way past my bedtime. Why? Procrastination. There are so many other things I’d rather do.

My house needs vacuuming, but I put it off hoping Hubby will do it instead. Is that procrastination or laziness? I hate housecleaning. Housework is something that no one notices until you don’t do it. I hate dirty houses, but I hate preventing mine from becoming that way. I’m not lazy about it, but I often find other things I’d rather do than clean. It gets done, though, eventually, because I hate dirty houses.

I’m editing my next book…very slowly. I’m easily distracted by FaceBook and other things that are less intense on my brain. I need to kick it up a notch or two or three.

How do you prevent procrastinating? Make a to-do list. Prioritize it. Set time limits to get things done. Stick to it. Do the hardest or most unpleasant when you are most energetic so they’ll be gone and behind you.

I suppose my next step is to make a to-do list. I’ll get that done as soon as I’ve finished checking my email, playing the games on my phone, and scrolling through FaceBook. It’ll be the next item on my list.

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