a Routine or Periodic Procrastinator?
By Tim Connor,
people procrastinate? Is
it their fear of the unknown? Could it be acceptance of the status quo
even though their current circumstances are less than desirable or do
these people just have too much on their plate?
For every procrastinated decision, action, or behavior change
there are any number of perceived legitimate reasons as well as
excuses that people give themselves to justify their lack of action.
As I was
thinking about this article the thought occurred to me that even
though I tend to be “action oriented” I too have put off many
decisions and actions during my life and the question – why – kept
rearing it’s ugly head.
reminded of the old story I heard years ago about a Native American
Chief who whose braves were surrounded by the cavalry.
When one of the braves asked the chief, “what are we going to
do, we are surrounded and
out- numbered? The chief responded, “we are going to attack.”
The brave lost it and said, “you are crazy, we will all be
killed.” The chief
said, “it is better to take a dangerous chance than sit around
waiting for something worse.”
it in a nutshell. Typically
when people procrastinate things don’t get better but worse.
So, why do so many people put things off?
Don’t have a clue. So, I asked myself why do I?
I came up with a new concept.
Those of you who have been reading my tips for several years
know that from time to time I invest stuff.
So, there are routine procrastinators and periodic
procrastinators put things off from time to time when they are just
too busy, stressed out or just need a break from the real world.
It’s the routine procrastinators who have the bigger problem.
to postpone doing something, especially as a regular practice.
people do this? Generally
they believe that if they put things off they will keep control of
their lives and won’t have to face uncertain circumstances.
People put off:
Starting something new.
Stopping an old pattern or behavior.
Making difficult decisions.
Dealing with difficult circumstances.
Starting anything over – career, job, new way of life,
Ending something – same as the previous item.
Mostly fear, fear of the unknown.
Their attitude is, I can handle this, whatever this is, but I
am not sure what the “new circumstances will look like so let’s
just keep everything as it is even thought - what is - might be
stressful, difficult, negative or even destructive.
solution in the routine areas of life is –
just do it now. In
some of the more challenging life areas a - do it now - philosophy
without adequate thinking, evaluation, preparation, goal setting,
introspection or planning can in fact cause more trouble in the future
that what is going on in the present.
these requires individual thought so as to ensure that any future
change ends up being better than what was the reality in the past.
you a routine procrastinator or just a periodic one?
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