Oh, Procrastination!

“Our greatest weariness comes from work not done.”
~ Eric Hoffer

I am a procrastinator. I actually believe at times that I have it nearly perfected. What I haven’t mastered though, is procrastinating without consequence. When my to-do list that I am ignoring is looming about, whether there are 2 things to complete, or 20, I am not at peace. It nags at me, and often manages to get in the way of my enjoyment of whatever else I am trying to do instead of what I should do.

Over spring break last week I found plenty of side distractions that brought me far greater joy than the tasks I knew I needed to attend to. Yet while I was perusing the aisles at Target, or indulging in catching up on old blog posts from a favorite food blogger, dog-gone-it, those lesson plans and that closet full of winter clothes continued to be ignored.

What was frustrating through all of it was the weariness from procrastinating. As much as I enjoyed the distraction from doing the things I enjoyed, the reality that I had a list of other things I needed to do never left me. Such is the battle we face when we procrastinate.

By the last night of spring break, the closet of clothes was still as it was at the start of spring break. Lesson plans were done, along with a few other things on the to-do list, so overall, my battle with procrastination was a win. I just wish I hadn’t waited as long as I did. Next time, I think I’ll try writing a list to help keep me motivated.

What works for you in the procrastination battle?

9 thoughts on “Oh, Procrastination!

  1. I absolutely have to make a list and I have to keep my calendar close at all times. I think that there is such power in being able to cross off or check off things as they’re completed. Without a list and calendar, I will procrastinate:)

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  2. Alice Nine says:

    I like to think I plan too much for the time I’m given…. rather than that I procrastinate. 🙂 I find myself often wishing I had just one more day to finish something. And for now, I’m keeping the door on my closet closed, if you know what I mean.

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  3. margaretsmn says:

    I managed to get most of my spring break list done, but can you believe the thing I haven’t done is the author survey from my publisher. Why do I keep putting this off? It should be the top of the list. Today as I nap and relax after school, my to-do list sits undone. I think we are all procrastinators in one way or another.

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  4. carwilc says:

    I’m a horrible procrastinator! I don’t think I’m ever going to get my act together on taxes or housekeeping! Aargh!

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