One of the hardest things for me as a parent is watching how long it takes my children to do something. I am so task oriented and so focused when I have to complete something that it usually doesn’t take me long at all. I’ve met some people that can’t even start something without thinking about it for long periods of time first. I know others who spend valuable time talking about what needs to be done when they could be up doing it. I must fight the urge to jump up and complete something I need them to do because I don’t have all day to sit around and wait. I am so time efficient. I can do several things at one time and get them finished. I can’t expect them to be exactly like me but I was hoping some of my ability to get things done quickly would rub off on them. Unfortunately, that is not the case. I can’t help but feel some frustration but I know it’s not healthy to jump in and do everything for them. One quality I am lacking is patience. I guess I should work on that.
I’m not sure what is worse, packing or thinking about packing? Why is the mind so counterproductive sometimes? Just get up and do it. Where is that voice? Suck it up buttercup and get it done. What’s even worse? Procrastinating and then blogging about it. Wish me luck.
I am visiting my family and we are on our way to the beach. Every single time we go on a trip, since I was a young girl, we would start our journey at the bank, go fill up the tank with gas and stop at the local food store for ice and breakfast sandwiches. It just infuriates me that people are never prepared. All of those things could and should have been done the night before so we didn’t add any extra time to the trip. I don’t get it. Someone please explain. On a positive note, because I did grow up that way, I have learned to be the complete opposite, prepared and ready days before I need to be. How about you? Do you wait until the last second to get everything done or do you tackle it well in advance? Last Minute Annie or Plan Ahead Danny?
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?
Sick. That’s what I am today. I had a list of a million things I needed to do this week and the procrastinator in me pushed it all to today. Sometimes, life’s plan is different than my own and I have no other choice but to go with the flow. That is my message to you today. Don’t force life. Do what you can, grab a tube, be gentle with yourself, lay back and go with the flow. Tomorrow is another day.