The Procrastinator Is In…

I have a confession to make…I am a procrastinator. With all my planning and to do lists and day timer filled out in pretty colors, I am the master at the art of time suckage. Does anyone else have this problem?

I get an idea or make a plan and I am really jazzed about it, but then after I get all the details down and I am ready to go, the monster rears its ugly head. I will then do just about anything else except the thing I wanted to do. I wonder why this happens. Am I lazy? Am I scared the plan will fail? Did I make the thing so big in my head that I’m just stuck? The answer to all these questions…I don’t know.

I don’t really go in for all the astrology stuff, but as an Aries, I do know we are prone to be really excited about things and start projects all the time, we just have a hard time with the follow through. Yep, that’s me. I have a bunch of cool ideas in my head about books to write, how I would be as a life coach (I am a certified master life coach who has never tried to find a client), starting a yoga program based on the fruits of the spirit (I really don’t know how to do yoga, but the thought remains). You get the idea.

Even in my day-to-day routine, I have a hard time getting some things done. Devotions are easy, that’s the first thing on the list every day. I don’t always spend enough time with God every day, but I do spend time with Him daily. I have had certain things on my weekly list all year that haven’t been started. Stuff I would really like to have done, but for some reason, I have not come out of the starting gate with them.

I do know that I’m really good about things when a deadline is looming over my head, or my back is up against the wall about something. Like this blog, I know a lot of people who write their posts in advance and schedule it for release and I have done that a few times when I know I won’t be available that morning. But…I love waiting till the last minute to sit down at the computer and just let the words fly as I’m checking the clock to make sure I hit publish before 8 o’clock my time. 8 is the deadline I set for myself when I started this thing and yes, I know I can be later, but I refuse to…even though I think about it. In fact, I thought about it this morning when the alarm went off. I was going to reset my alarm, but I realized I was fully awake, so I got up. Maybe I should have been a journalist, they are forever on deadline.

The question is, how do I make myself feel a sense of urgency about all the things? Do I reward myself after I do a certain task? That doesn’t really seem to work as an adult. I mean, if I set a reward like I get to play a game on my phone or watch an episode of a television show…you know what’s going to happen…three hours go by, and I’ve watched 3 episodes of Gilmore Girls instead of just one or spent all that time playing candy crush if I am in the middle of a good run. I keep hearing about this wordle thing, but I know I should not have that on my phone, LOL.

I really don’t have any answers on how to stop the procrastination that runs daily though my life. So, I’m going to throw it out to you…any ideas or tricks to just get in there and get the things done? What’s the mind game I need to play to just get in there and get over myself already? Inquiring minds want to know.

***Question for the comments…Are you a procrastinator? If you are, how to you get things done? How do you push past it? If you’re not…why not? How do you just get your stuff done without any hesitation? I am amazed by that.

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Hi, I'm Tracie. I am a writer, reader, life coach, lover of the city and the beach. I am a big fan of all things caffeinated. I dig things from many different decades, but am a definite child of the 80's. My blog is about everything and anything my mind conjures up. Enjoy the ride.

10 thoughts on “The Procrastinator Is In…

  1. I can vouch for her writing this it the last minute. At 11 a.m. EST (6 a.m. Tracie time), we were on the phone. She had to hang up to write this. ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ
    I have NO tips or tricks, as we both suffer from the Sulpazo curse. Once in college, I decided to do a term paper the way they said it “should” be done. I got a C. Yeah, never again. I’ll take a last minute A over a slow-cooked C any time.
    As for following through after the planning, let me know when you figure it out!

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  2. Yessah the dreaded sulpazo curse…we got the hawaiian version of that in my family too…lazy Hawaiians, no like do nothing…hahaha, the funny thing is when it comes to doing things for myself the curse is present like a huge wall impossible to climb and it’s so much easier telling yourself I’ll do it later or maybe I’ll start tomorrow and next thing you know it’s next week…but then I have glimpses of victory…going to church on Sunday, meeting on Wednesdays for worship and Bible study…that’s consistent in my life….hhhmmm I wonder if it’s because if I don’t show I’d let a lot of people I love down including God almighty himself…just like palolo…3 acres of lovely landscape that everyone in my family loves to visit and gather and have fun but have no interest in helping in maintaining it’s beauty…I think I do it because I love palolo in a different way then everyone else in my family…by keeping it looking nice my family and friends will continue to come…when things get overgrown I think of how my papa would feel if he saw the place looking like crap…just like your blog although it’s your thing I think you also do it for us who enjoy reading your story’s…the difference between you and Neil with eating healthy is he had a stroke so he needs to be a better steward with staying healthy but why not eat healthy not only for yourself do it for neil so you folks can share long life with each other…does that make sense…this just came to mind..in all you do do it in honor of God!!! All this planning and prepping you’ve done did you pray on it?…is God in it with you and all these endeavors you have…will these ideas of yours find it’s way to glorify God…oh Lord I think I might have stumbled on something we all have to think about…including God in everything and doing it for others and not myself…thanks Tracie great read!!!

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    1. Wow…so much stuff James…you do what you do for Palolo, because you love it and it is home for you. Others in the family continue to gather there because of good times and memories, but it is not their home. I agree with you 100% God needs to be in all decisions…maybe he would give me an answer if I went after one full on and see if the door remains open or if it shuts…ya know what I mean. I write the blog for myself and because I wanted to see if anyone else enjoyed it. I’m glad people are and that I’m gathering more followers on a daily basis. This is something to pursue as an income producing thing for sure. Thank you for always reading and commenting, it means a lot to me ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. For me I’m not sure how much is procrastination vs getting sidetracked. Take this comment for example. I read your blog as soon as it hit my in box and even opened the “leave a comment section”, there it sat for the next several hours as I ended up doing other things. I fully admit to procrastinating when I have something that needs to be done, but my heart really isn’t in it. And most of the time, I do have great intentions of doing something right away and then life intervenes and I either never get to it, or I guilt myself into doing it. The other challenge I have is trying to stuff when I have both the physical and mental capacity to do so. I have Fibro, so that adds to the equation. I’ve also learned that for me, it’s okay to not do some things that I set out to do. That doesn’t mean that I’ve failed, or that I’m somehow less because I don’t get it all done. I find it really is important to take a step back sometimes and realize that usually each day and it’s contents were just right. And that really is a God hug letting me know it’s okay and I really am okay.

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    1. So true…sometimes if it doesn’t get done because of distraction from others or whatever. My problem is that I know I need to do something for my business or church or something and I keep putting it off just cause I can. Or I just keep coming up with new ideas and leave the old ones behind. As far as the fibro goes…that’s just doing what you can when you can…to delay things there is what you have to do for your body, which you have to do what your body says to do. I think I’m just too Squiggle Line for my own good, LOL

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