Level 10 is the highest level of procrastination — you’ve got it bad.
I’m pretty close to a Level 3.
Hate to admit it, but I can be a “Fence Sitter” sometimes.
I procrastinate over housework because it’s not fun. I procrastinate over doing my income tax return because, well, it’s Not fun.
And I procrastinate over going to the dentist because they always lie and tell me it’s not going to be painful. Yeah, right.
“Procrastination is my sin. It brings me nothing but sorrow. I know that I should stop it. In fact, I will –tomorrow!” ~ Gloria Pitzer
For those who put things off till the day after tomorrow when they could get them done tomorrow …
The Procrastinator’s Doctrine
(a.k.a. The Gospel of Procrastination According to Melanie)
1) I will always commence, embark on, dig right in, initiate and/or write the first word when the spirit moves me or when I get around to it — whichever comes first.
2) If I don’t succeed at first try, there is always next month or the next lunar eclipse.
3) I shall never rush into an important assignment, task, or project without a lifetime of scrutiny and careful consideration.
4) I believe tomorrow holds the strong possibility for amazing discoveries, technological breakthroughs, and a pardon from my commitments.
5) I firmly believe all deadlines are unreasonable no matter how much time is stipulated.
6) I will always keep in mind the possibility of a miracle (however miniscule) is still not exactly zero.
7) I will continually decide not to make a decision unless I decide to change my mind.
Now that you’ve read the doctrine …
Here’s the procrastination antidote:
- Don’t talk yourself out of things.
- Better yet, don’t talk to yourself at all.
- Don’t look for trouble or make up stuff in your mind that hasn’t even happened yet and, most likely, never will.
- Take a doggone risk and Just Do It.
What’s your personal level of procrastination?
C’mon – I know you procrastinate over something. I can’t be the only fence sitter out there.