Thursday, April 18, 2013

P is for Procrastination

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone - Pablo Picasso

Procrastination is another big issue for me. I am one of those people that is really good at putting things off. All you need to do is read any of my "kick the habit" posts to realize that. I am constantly trying to overcome my propensity for procrastination.

I've tried making lists, but I never find lists useful in this daily battle. And you would think the guilt I feel over procrastinating would make me try harder to get things done, but once I feel guilty - I become an even worse procrastinator. It's a sad, sad cycle.

I always admire those people who just get things done. I'm sure those people have their own issues, but I admire them. I want to be one of those people to a degree. I want to have the "get 'er done" attitude. It's just hard to cultivate.

Procrastination is such a bad habit and has such an impact on my life and, I'm sure, on the lives of other bad procrastinators. It's a hard one to work on, but I think I'm going to try a new tactic. I'm going to commit to getting one thing done every day that I would normally procrastinate on. One thing. That's all. And when I've gotten good at that one thing, I'll add another.

Maybe one day I'll have kicked the habit.

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today - Abraham Lincoln

As a small aside, I didn't procrastinate in writing this blog post. It was completed on April 15.


  1. I love that first quote! Isn't that the truth! Tomorrow is never promised to us, so do today what needs to be done or it might never get done. I'm a procrastinator as well, but I am trying to be better :)

  2. I've found the best way to beat my procrastination is seeing results. I remind myself of how nice it was to see the rewards of completing the task. Keep the prize at the end in mind!! Happy A-to-Z 2013! ~Angela, Whole Foods Living,

  3. Good luck with your quest. I've read a few posts about that word today, but no one had a plan. I believe yours is a good one and hope it works for you.

    I'm fall somewhere between your quote and Scarlet's, After all Tomorrow is another Day


  4. I have so much in common with you on this subject.