Usually the blog post and a cup of coffee are my first activities of the morning, but here I am, three hours later, realizing that procrastination is pretty much my middle name. It may have impacted my life more than anything else, save trying to manage my weight, which I have put off for a while many times.
As a kid, I'd wait until I was on the bus on the way to school to see what we had for homework. It was fun to see if I could finish it before we arrived. Sometimes I'd also need early recess to finish, so I'd push faster the next day. Start earlier? Who, me? Not a chance. Piano practice works in the hour before the weekly lesson, doesn't it? Well, who among you has heard my piano playing? Exactly. Yet facing the task earlier never crossed my mind. Don't even get me started on exercise.
So here I am, 55 years old, never learned to study, can't play an instrument or any sport, still playing the weight-loss game, piles of filing on either side of me that I figure will be OK to throw away by the time I get around to them. What have I got to show for my lifetime habit of procrastination?
Plenty! I learned a long time ago that the way to get away with putting something off is to tackle something slightly less annoying. Then at least I get something done. Not sure what to make for dinner, so I'll sweep the floor. Avoiding laundry so I'll unload the dishwasher. Do not want to figure out which bills to pay, so I think I'll write a blog! One way or another, the jobs get done.
Being a procrastinator doesn't mean I don't start things. I start tons of things. I just don't finish them. In my youth, this was called "inability to follow through." As a self-employed adult, it's called "carrying the vision." You can hire people to follow through. Dishwashers are the least expensive employees -- why would I waste my energy doing that? This cracks me up. In the grown-up, professional world, we can spin anything to our advantage.
I still don't have any self discipline. I know it. But I make some pretty amazing brownies. Someone will sweep up and take out the trash. I don't have time for guilt! : )