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.


Sarah Gunning Moser said...

Oh, Kate! How funny and how true! As a budding mystery writer who loves your books, I couldn't help chuckling over your most recent post. Tee hee.

It's wonderful --- in an odd sort of way --- to know that even published authors have the same problem I do! Particularly the having to finish the laundry and take it upstairs, then check the pillows on the sofa part.

I do stuff like that constantly, then get behind, then feel pressured, and then wonder why I never have time to get everything done!

Wait! Do you mean I am responsible for my own behavior???

Blessings to you, and thanks for the delightful post.

Sarah Gunning Moser
Bellevue, WA

Aurian said...

Lol, great post Kate. And yes, whenever I have to write a review, I first need to play a few games of Spider Solitaire to get my thoughts in order. Or I go to Twitter, or my email. I never just sit down and write it, which is why it takes so long to write a review.
But, household tasks never get priority ...

Unknown said...

Kate what a great post, I live with a procrastinator and sometimes I find myself procrastining but I make list and have to get aleast 3-5 things done that day on that list. Hope you are having a wonderfull day!

ladyvyvian said...

I, too, am a prime procrastinator. The book you reviewed sounds very interesting, I must get around to reading it eventually. LOL

Sandy in St Louis said...

Years back the Sidetracked Sisters wrote about putting things off - you didn't exactly put things off. You just got sidetracked as you were enroute to do something. They had a series of books out and a plan to work around that. If nothing else, it is a good read and very funny. They don't hesitate to tell anything on themselves! Sandy Sidetracked in St Louis

Kate @Midnight Book Girl said...

I do almost everything best under a time pressure... or maybe I just say that to excuse my constant procrastination. I am always so impressed with people that do things ahead of time, usually if I'm doing something before it needs to be done it's because I'm procrastinating on something that I should be doing right then!

Kate Collins said...

Shelli, I tell myself to make a list but that's another thing I procrastinate about. When I do make a list, I'm quite efficient, so you'd think I'd learn. But no.

Kate, your post fits me to a T. When I get something done early -- or timely -- it's because i'm putting something else off. You were spot on.