Options - Oh My!


Are You (or Someone Close to You) a Procrastinator?

Most of us procrastinate in one area or another at some point in our life. There are those of us that procrastinate about everything. Oh, I know, it started innocently enough but in time it became a habit. A bad habit!


Often, we agree to do something in the excitement of the moment, and then we are driving home and think I don’t want to do this thing I agreed to do. Thus, procrastination has its invitation to stand front and center in your brain.


Here are common reasons why you procrastinate:


   The feeling of overwhelm. What is the cause, overload of information, too many details or too many options – oh my!


   Over estimating time needed. Thinking the task is too time-consuming, that it will take forever. A variation of this is thinking you have forever to finish something.


   You would rather be doing something else.


   Waiting long enough, the project/issue will go away. Maybe the project will be canceled or the appointment postponed or…….


   Perfection is the goal. Often fear of turning in a report or finishing a project because of worry about failing or judgment. Often, delay until the last minute technique is used so if the project or report does not measure up the phrase “Oh, I would have done better if I’d had more time.”


   Not wanting to take responsibility. If a project is not completed, then you will not be held responsible.


      Fear of success. Fear of success??? Completing something and succeeding, will you be able to live up to that standard in all future projects/reports? How will your friends and family relate to you once you are successful?


    Last-minute adrenaline rush. Often people feel that they do their best work “under pressure.” What happens when there is a plan “B” or plan “C” that interrupts your last minutes?


What can you do about it? Next week you can learn the top 10 ways to stop procrastination. Yes, there are many more ways, but if I list all of them you may procrastinate reading the article – oh my!


Link to a You Tube presentaion on Procrastination





Comment balloon 5 commentsBeth Richardson • September 23 2008 08:25AM


Thanks for the blog Beth, I'll look at it later!!!

Posted by Lewis Beynon, Triangle Real Estate 411 (CENTURY 21 Triangle Group) about 11 years ago

Great blog. I am a second generation procrastination survivor. It just takes time to learn new habits. You have to take baby steps and just do it. It can be done BEFORE the deadline, just push everything else back and tackle the big job then the little ones seem like nothing. Or you can break a big task into smaller tasks so you feel like you have acomplished more. Good luck!

Posted by Betina Foreman, Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY (WJK Realty) about 11 years ago

Let me think about that... BTW your photo is one of the funniest and most original I have seen on Active rain!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Thanks for this -- am waiting for your sequel.

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) about 11 years ago

Thanks to you all!

Posted by Beth about 11 years ago