I’m a hideous, hideous procrastinator. You?
Dessert after (almost) every meal.
AmyM, you saint! 😉
yes, gluttony rules me too!
This article from last week explains how procrastination increases creativity:
I couldn’t agree more with this. I used to think my procrastination was a fault but a friend once asked me if my procrastination ever meant I missed a deadline and when I answered that it didn’t, he said “then why is it a bad habit?”. Too simple! Now I embrace it and think of it as incubation time for my ideas!
Yes! I was just going to post that link. It was a fairly poisonous article since I am one of the world’s worst procrastinators and that article encourages you to put things off so that creativity flows through instead. I may just have to send it to some of my law clients (along with their delayed work)!
It also feels that lack of willpower goes along with procrastinating. The older I get, the harder it is for me to whip myself into doing things. It may just be that I am tired after all these years of frenetic production, but my “just do it” button doesn’t seem to be working very well now.
You just described someone I know. Me!
Procrastination by miles and miles.
All of the above!
I’m disgustingly messy at work. (But not at home)
Sloth for sure!!
Yup. Procrastinator tops my list..
With disorganized running a close second.
Mine is having to have everything done before I sit down – bed made, dishes clean, office work done = so I hardly ever relax and that doesn’t make for much fun.
I’m messy. My office is full of bits of paper, stuff scribbled everywhere. I tell myself that it is the sign of a creative mind (I’m a scientist), but really, maybe I’m just a slob?
Another sister in procrastination here.
Another mess-maker/maintainer here. Though lately I like to tell people I’m practicing the Non-Konmari Method.
o procrastination for sure & especially when it has to do with paperwork. it seems to be getting worse with age ( because really so few things matter or that’s my rationalization. I’m the queen of that too).
procrastinator = journalist. Describes me to a T.
I’m late for EVERYTHING. I always feel terrible and apologize and swear to leave 15 minutes early next time, but then always end up thinking that I can squeeze 1, or 2, or 3 errands in on the way…I hate this about myself.
You just reminded me of another one of mine: swearing (literally). I bumped my head in a department store yesterday and yelled, “Oh sh*t!” because it hurt, only to see a stunned shopper standing nearby. Plus, I’m a bad influence on my 2 and 1/2 yr old granddaughter who repeats everything (including “WTF”!!!).
I’m really great at standing up for others, but I can’t do it for myself. I wish I could change it.
Danas stick together…
I was just thinking yesterday about the fact that, even at age 53, I still feel that I am not doing my work perfectly enough. I’ve been doing the same work (teaching) for 27 years, and I still feel, most days, that I’m not giving enough or doing enough.
It’s a different version of not standing up for myself (ourselves), because I’m pretty good at advocating for my students…(as you suggested)
Procrastination, and also a terminal optimism about how much I can get done/how far I can get in any given period of time, meaning that I am generally late to everything.
Are you me? Though I think I will adopt your description of “terminal optimism about much much I can get done…” because that really is what it is for me. It’s not that I don’t care about being on time, it’s that I truly believe that this time I’ll be able to get ready in 1/2 hour.
I have no explanation for the procrastination, other than I always seem to find something more interesting to do than work on something not due for weeks. Going back to grad school almost 20 years after I finished undergrad has helped a lot, because I just can’t crank out homework and papers in as short a time as I used to.
I hate being late, so am always airing places with time to spare. I must waste hours each week being early.
Saying yes to every request. I end up with no time for the things I really should get done for my self, my family, my sanity. It feels “mean” to say no to things I am capable of doing. I end up juggling multiple volunteer roles and projects. I am a product of the “girls should always be nice” generation.
Lazy. So lazy, I can’t even be bothered to elaborate.
I like you
Envy. I have to chase/beat it away with a stick!
Ditto. I am constantly comparing myself unfavorably to other people and wondering why they have things so much easier than I do. I know it’s stupid and self-defeating, and yet, I am compelled to do it. Procrastination is a close second for me.
I psyche myself out of doing things that will make me happier. Usually, this applies to creative ventures that I want to try – like learning to make jewelry, or painting, or just starting a project and then stopping half way because I’m afraid the outcome won’t be as good as I would like. Sadly, it also applies to my job. I’m in a job now that I am not happy with, and when I look for something else, I think – hmmm, well, I have skills a, b, c, d, and e that they are looking for, but I don’t have skill f, so I don’t even attempt to apply. It’s stupid.
Procrastination, oh yes. And you’d think I’d get better about it as I get older, but as it turns out, when I’m really, really stressfully under the gun, I’m wildly efficient and productive.
This means I suffer for my procrastination in guilt and stress and self-disgust… but I always manage to pull it off as far as the outside world can tell…so I keep doing it.
Most procrastinators are perfectionists. That’s why we are wildly efficient when under the gun…we get out of our own way and just do it.
Impatience. Ferocious impatience. Even when I can just sit quietly and read a book while waiting, which is basically the thing I always want to be doing anyway, I just can’t stand to wait.
I am, to quote Katharine Hepburn’s Tracy Lord, “such an unholy mess of a girl.” My inventory of worst bad habits is staggering and beyond enumeration.
I HATE making phone calls. Doesn’t matter if I’m pitching someone or making a doctor appointment. I avoid them till the last possible minute.
You too? I’m glad I’m not the only one. I procrastinate lots of things, but phone calls are the number one worst offender.
Me, too, with telephone calls.
Easy: procrastination. Ugh.
Used to be enabling alcoholic sister in law and alcoholic’s spouse (my brother). But I kicked that habit!
Current worst habit is picking my cuticles all the time. Beats enabling.
Not saying what I REALLY think. But I’m getting better.
Oh, I procrastinate, too.
They should have 8. Fear would be mine. (but then courage comes)
Mine is gossiping. My intent is never malicious because I’m truly just fascinated and curious as to how people go about their lives (sans judgment), but I should really mind my own damn business.
I quit biting my fingernails (truly a disgusting habit!) only to trade it for picking at my cuticles.
I have wonderful, unique, ahead of their time ideas. But I have a terrible time following through.
Oh that stain on the fridge is grossin me out. I’ll finish that later.
Procrastination, for sure.
Love the plates. Forgetting stuff