Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Words of Wisdom For All My Procrastinating Friends


 
Several years ago I met Rita Emmett in Edgerton, Wisconsin at a book festival. We both presented there at different times, so I had the opportunity to hear her speak and to buy her book.

At the time, she gave me the push I needed in the procrastination department. Occasionally I pull out The Procrastinator's Handbook when I need another little shove.  Like now. The holidays are over. I promised myself I would buckle down.

Here are a few of her words of wisdom and advice:

“The dread of doing a task uses up more time and energy than doing the task itself.”

“The mother of all excuses: I work better under pressure.”

“Obsession with perfection is the downfall of procrastinators.”

I've been using all the get-out-of-starting tactics she lists on page 49. Shuffling papers, surfing the web, playing computer games, doing an excessive amount of preparation instead of just getting the job done, talking on the phone, posting status updates...

Her book convinced me that I procrastinate mainly out of fear. Afraid that the words and ideas won’t come, afraid that I’ll write a really bad book considering the looming deadline, afraid that I can’t do it.

So I'm off to write.

What about you? Are you procrastinating today?

 



13 comments:

Book Dragon said...

YES!

one of my long-term procrastinations is going back to school. At the time, one class a semester seemed so slow and there was always a reason not to attend "this term". Even following the original plan, I'd be finished with my BA now. sigh

Heather Webber said...

This sounds like a book I need. Am the world's worst procrastinator!

Janet C said...

I'm retired - it's my job.

Linda McDonald said...

I have this book too and I love it. I've also listened to the audio version of the book while in the car. It's such a good book, and I agree, it's a valuable thing to have when you need a little shove to get out of the procrastination zone.

Dru said...

I'm procrastinating cleaning out my closet.

signlady217 said...

Ouch, ouch, and ouch! My mom and I were just talking about this exact subject a couple of days ago! I guess that means I need to change a few things. (Easier said than done!)

Rosemary Harris said...

I'm procrastinating by spending too much time online. Soemtimes I think I should take a sledgehammer to this computer.

Linda Leszczuk said...

I bounce back and forth between procrastinating and spinning my wheels (lots of frantic activity accomplishing nothing).

Rural View said...

My husband accuses me of this all the time and (don't tell him I said this) he's right. I'm the world's best killer of time, there's always tomorrow, etc. Reading too many blogs is one of my worst offenses, but I've made good friends through blogs.

Mo said...

Work. I am sitting at my desk at work and surfing blogs instead of working. After two weeks off for the holidays I am having trouble getting my mind back on the job.

jbstanley said...

I don't put things off. My problem is I try to do too much at once and then get overwhelmed. I am trying to simplify this year.

That book sounds great.

Miki Willa said...

I keep thinking I am getting better about this, but I am not. Maybe I need this book.

Prairiedog said...

I work best under pressure, but my philosophy is explained by a word I coined: "procrastinever". If you put something off long enough time goes by and you don't have to do it. Actually, I have accomplished something this month already, made the first of 5 bears on order. I'm on a roll! Karen