Welcome back to our Confessions series. I am so glad you stopped by.
Today I am going to talk to you about an area in which I am qualified to speak about on an expert level.
They say that it takes a total of 10,000 hours to become an expert at almost anything you do. That is working toward something for 20hrs a week for 50 weeks. Well, guess what! I have logged in over 122,640 hours, in my adult life. That makes it official folks, I am a Expert Procrastinator. You may say I put the PRO in PROcrastinator. (do you see what I did there?)
My Nana used to laugh when I told her that my life motto is “Why do today what you can put off til tomorrow?” She always told me it was the wrong attitude to have in life. I assured her that it wasn’t my attitude toward everything, just things I didn’t particularly want to get done.
Let me just break this down a bit so you don’t think that I am lazy. I am not lazy… I just put things off, for as long as I can. It isn’t my best character trait but it isn’t my worst either.
When I procrastinate it is usually about something that I do not enjoy doing. i.e. dishes, cleaning, laundry, washing the dog.
I tend to put of tasks that do not bring me instant gratification. I am such a visual person. If I do not receive an instant sense of accomplishment from a task I will likely put it off. This trait clashes with my very competitive nature. I do not like to loose or be left out. So if I see that there is something that I may miss out on by putting something off you can about guarantee I am going to get it done.
I am also not so bad that I am late to arrive places. In fact being late is a huge pet peeve of mine. Most, if not all, of my family arrive to their appointments, meetings, or functions late. This is such a problem with some of them that we tell them an earlier time. HA! Not me, infact I have been known to be awkwardly early.
This is not normally an issue with my work. I love my work and what I do, so I generally work quickly and efficiently to get my deadlines met. It is just that sometimes I *may* push things to the end of my deadline. shhhh
So, there you have it. I am a procrastinator. I tend to put off the things that I can and put forth effort in other areas of life.
What about you? Are you a procrastinator?