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Confessions of an Expert Procrastinator

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.

Procrastination

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?)

Confessions of an Expert Procrastinator with Absolutely No Apologies

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?

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