As a hard-working and busier-than-all-get-out woman, I hate to admit to you and to myself that I procrastinate. But the truth is powerful and I’m not alone in wanting to develop better habits. If procrastination is “the action of delaying or postponing something” then I want to act quickly in order to gain what is best. Take for example that for months I have wanted to have a personal business card to share with others. Yet today I have no business card to hand to you.
According to The 80/20 Rule and Listening to Your Inner Procrastinator I need to consider
The top 20 percent activities that produce 80 percent of your results are the very same things that trigger you to procrastinate — to delete old emails or water plants instead….It’s not that we don’t want to work. It’s that we’re afraid of doing work that will move the needle. Most of us are afraid of success.
So I need to, “Flip your daily to-do list” and ask my daughter to format my business cards before I tackle my many mundane and urgent trappings. And I can use the “procrastination demon opportunity detector” as a sign that my business cards are a part of something important. I can hire my son as a personal assistant and “Make constructive use of the time you liberate” by delegating mundane work to him. I can avoid “Perfectionism is the root of all evil” by doing what is excellent and uncomfortable, which is to engage more formally with my community via business cards. And because most procrastination isn’t doing nothing, I will continue to “Put ‘Do Nothing’ on Your To-Do list” by honoring Sunday as a day of rest.
According to Why We Procrastinate, I need to consider my future self as a real person who has needs that can be met, to some extent, now. So if my future self is a consultant needing a large community who knows me well and how to contact me, then indeed I need to start handing out business cards instead of, let’s say, monologuing at my teenager about cleaning his room.
The disconnect between our present and time-shifted selves has real implications for how we make decisions. We might choose to procrastinate, and let some other version of our self deal with problems or chores. Or, as in the case of Parfit’s smoking boy, we can focus on that version of our self that derives pleasure, and ignore the one that pays the price.
And from the creator of the image included with this post and her blog post, Don’t Wait To Read This: Why You Procrastinate? I need to ditch any “facade of time” by treating time as a gift while seeing the ” Disconnect between Action and Reward” as a way to practice patience. And finally,
Previous letdowns, low self-esteem, and hopelessness all contribute to a desire to ignore reality and procrastinate instead.
My reality is that I need to get business cards made because they are a concrete sign that I am transitioning into a new season of my life. While this juncture is intimidating, I am determined to slay my nemesis with courage and discipline. And business cards.
Do you procrastinate? Leave a comment and let’s share ways to move forward swiftly on the way to happiness.
Thank you. Go on and get to it! ~~~~~~~~ Angie Mc