Maybe Later…

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We are all conditioned, shaped and molded by the demands placed upon us. I heard something on the radio last night that I completely disagree with. The host was speaking about how procrastination provides an instant feel good pay off temporarily in our brains. This feeling reinforces procrastination until it becomes an unfortunate habit. I disagree. Maybe for some that is really the case but procrastination for me leads to overbearing anxiety. It’s hard for me to relax or think about anything else if something I have to do is hanging over my head. It’s a curse and a blessing at the same time because I am the kind of person who gets things done way before I really need to do them. It’s in my nature. It’s who I am. It’s the panic I feel when I sleep until 11:00 on a beautiful summer day. It’s feeling unsettled when I sit back and allow myself to do nothing. How I wish my brain was more like everyone else’s according to the study. 

How about you? Are you a procrastinator? How does procrastinating make you feel? Does it fit comfortably or do you find it unsettling?

32 thoughts on “Maybe Later…

  1. Human Interest

    I am a procrastinator but only because I don’t want to half-ass something while I’m exhausted. Procrastinating makes me feel like shit because sometimes I put it off until last minute. I usually only procrastinate when it comes to school work though. I don’t know why and I can’t help it lol

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  2. My sister is very much like you re the anxiety, hanging over her head, can’t relax, obsessive thoughts about it. I am the opposite – it’s just a temperament thing, as far as I can see. I procrastinate, but I always get things done on time and well-done – I just don’t go through all the negative emotions that she can’t seem to not heap upon herself. Problem arise if we’re doing something together – like going in on buying gifts for the grand kids, for example. She projects all her anxiety on to me – I’m talking feeling anxious because I’m NOT feeling anxious, wanting to know if I done it yet – she has pretty good restraint with that now, only because I gave her limits on how much she can bring it up. She has to get it done immediately, no matter if we have a month or 2 before it’s needed. I don’t. And this has caused problems in the past, when things change after she has done the early order – either with the store or the online ordering, or the gift request itself or something else – and it’s created a mess that could have been avoided had she waited a little bit. I can’t believe how much I’ve written! Sorry! Bottom line we have totally different temperaments and therefore different approaches in life.

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    • So glad you shared that with me. I have the same problem with my sister but it’s reverse. We are supposed to leave at a certain time for a movie and I get there and she’s sitting drinking coffee not even dressed. Or she will invite us for dinner and doesn’t start cooking until we get there and spends the whole time in the kitchen. You make a great point here. It’s okay to be one way or the other but we do have to respect how little quirks affect everyone else. Thanks for sharing šŸ˜‰

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  3. I am a procrastinator and for me it adds the needed oomph to do it and to do it better. I work better under pressure. Always have. Straight A’s on term papers and always written the night before.

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  4. “Procrastination is the thief of time”, says Charles Dickens in his book David Copperfield2 It’s very true but on the other hand always wanting to do things immediately is a sort of mania that can lead to anxiety and excessive worries. It can also be a sign of being a control freak The answer is in the middle that is to get things done if they are really important and to procrastinate sometimes if it’s not necessary to do them urgently.

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