Procrastinating: I was a PRO

SERIOUSLY folks… Have you ever met anyone who never procrastinated in their life? Like, never?

Oh…No! Don’t even start with me, myself and I… I was a PRO with the spelling all in caps!

In my pursuit to gain more information about “procrastinate”, I have came across several interesting articles online.

Especially by Chrissy Scivicque in her website http://www.eatyourcareer.com/  – she have listed out pretty interesting points of being procrastinator and procrastinating – the good, the bad and the ugly.

I remember, not too long ago, when I was still working as a feature writer/journalist, procrastinating was my middle name, especially if the topics weren’t really something close to my heart.

At one point it had gotten really bad.

Looking back now I wonder if those procrastinating episodes were due to me being burnt out, stagnated and suffocated in my job. Same old routines. Where nothing excited me anymore.

It was pretty bad phase and I am not proud of it. In fact, looking back I am embarrassed, to say the least. I am sure those “dark” moments would be etched permanently in my former editors’ minds…  I am really sorry guys!

According to Scivicque, a recent study cited the 10 most common career-limiting habits, and procrastination ranked at number 3, just behind unreliability and “that’s not my job.”

Isn’t that alarming? and it needs to be addressed…quick!

Seriously, if you are in procrastinating mode, you might be aware of your situation but you might not be able to comprehend the effect of your ‘procrastination’ on others especially if it involves them directly or indirectly… and the picture isn’t pretty.

But is procrastination always very bad? Do we really need to feel guilty every time we postpone something? It kind of feels that we are being too hard on ourselves, that perhaps it is okay to delay a task occasionally and provided it does not become a habit…but when? Can procrastination ever be okay and what can we do about it?

First and foremost, you will be labeled as unreliable. And that is definitely not nice!

And there are several reasons why we procrastinate – including lack of effective time management;  unmotivated or lack of  motivation; lack of self confidence and lack of  understanding/purpose.

According to an article, if any of the above is the reason why we procrastinate it is only by addressing the root causes that we will manage to resolve the issue.

I believe it is about control and not feeling like we are being spectators to somebody else’s action that turns procrastination into a pathology. When other people regularly set the deadlines and the agenda on our behalf, we may be feeling like the task is not our to own. How true!

I realised now, how uncool I was then. Procrastinated on my tasks.

Seriously, it’s never cool to be unreliable. On the other hand, it’s sometimes perfectly okay — even desirable — to procrastinate. Some claim that it’s a form of prioritisation and a tool for time management as we can’t do every single task right this minute. 

However, procrastination becomes a problem when it’s not being used productively or when it becomes a mindless form of escape and when your quality of work is slipping…

According to an article, we all can try to solve the problem by following a few steps such as;

  • We can learn to prioritise correctly – that each task should be evaluated based on importance and urgency; 
  •  Forget Perfection – Remember that everything evolves. You can make improvements as you move forward. Don’t get stuck because of some unrealistic standard you’ve imposed on yourself;
  • Keep It Bite-Sized – If you’re overwhelmed with the size of a project and putting it off because you don’t know where to start, break it down into bite-sized pieces. One step at a time is the best way to tackle these projects; 
  • Stop Fooling Ourselves – The statement that says procrastination helps us focus is a total bullshit. In all probability, we could produce even better work given the time to think about what we are doing as we will catch mistakes that would go unnoticed in a pinch; we will be able to really focus on the work, rather than being distracted with the stress and anxiety of an impending deadline.

Then, may be it is good to take some time to evaluate our procrastination practices. Are we using this tool effectively or are we suffering with a career-limiting habit… Cos I did that for many many years… Limiting my career in a very bad way. Wasted years and youth… A