Monday, September 3, 2012

Procrastinators Unite . . . When You Get Around To It



By Kate Collins

Are you a procrastinator? Do you put off tasks until the last minute – or beyond? Well, boy, do I have a book for you! It’s called, “The Art of Procrastination: A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging and Postponing,”  by John Perry.

Sounds like it’s written about me.

After I saw a review of the book last week, I’d meant to write this post right away, but, well, if you’re a procrastinator, you know how that goes. Even today, as I headed toward my office to write this, I remembered that the dryer had dinged about half an hour ago, so I had to turn around and head back to the laundry room to fold towels. Then of course, they had to be carried upstairs to the bathroom. While I was there, I noticed that I needed to clean the mirror. With those tasks done, I headed back for my office and saw that the pillows on the sofa were crooked. Can’t have that!

I finally made it to my desk but couldn’t begin to write until I’d played at least 3 games of Free Cell. It’s a ritual that I do every time I sit down at my computer. It goes by the name of Lollygagging.

I’m not that way about everything.  I do manage to make my appointments on time, however I’m never early.  And except for when my beloved husband passed, I always finish books by their due dates, but I thank God for deadlines. They keep me honest. I know I have to write a certain number of pages daily in order to finish by the deadline, so if I dawdle, I have to make up that lost time somewhere, often by sitting at the computer until half the evening is over.

You’d think that would teach me to stop dilly-dallying, but that’s the thing about us procrastinators. We never learn.

Have any thoughts on procrastinators? Are you one, or do you live with one, and if so, how do you cope? Share your comments . . . if you get around to it.