I procrastinate; a lot. So much in fact that to help myself overcome my bad habit I’m in the progress of creating an iPhone App entitled ‘iProcrastinate’ to help myself and others since there is no app with a nice GUI that does just that. Now, if anyone doesn’t know what procrastination is I’ll give you two explanations from Dictionary.com and Wikipedia:
–verb (used without object)
1. To defer action; delay: to procrastinate until an opportunity is lost.
–verb (used with object)
2. To put off till another day or time; defer; delay.
Wikipedia: In psychology, procrastination refers to the act of replacing high-priority actions with tasks of low-priority, and thus putting off important tasks to a later time. Psychologists often cite such behaviour as a mechanism for coping with the anxiety associated with starting or completing any task or decision. Schraw, Pinard, Wadkins, and Olafson have proposed three criteria for a behaviour to be classified as procrastination: it must be counterproductive, needless, and delaying.
Procrastination may result in stress, a sense of guilt and crisis, severe loss of personal productivity, as well as social disapproval for not meeting responsibilities or commitments. These feelings combined may promote further procrastination. While it is regarded as normal for people to procrastinate to some degree, it becomes a problem when it impedes normal functioning. Chronic procrastination may be a sign of an underlying psychological disorder.
I’ll usually start off saying I’ll do a task and get it done quickly, such as the washing up, but, as the time approaches to do the task I quickly become discouraged and decide that I’d rather do other things like my ‘Evening Post’ or just generally look up random things on Google. This, most of the time, leads to putting off the task till the next day, and the next, and the next. As a matter of fact I’ve been putting off the task of emailing my dad for about 2 months and every time I go to make a start something, like what I’m typing now, gets in the way and by the time I’m done with my procrastination it’s too late to do anything. Most people mistake procrastination as laziness but I know that there’s clearly a difference. Procrastination is delaying something maybe due to how daunting the task seems or putting it off because it just seems too much a the present time. Laziness, on the other hand, is the ‘too tired’ attitude which is a far cry from procrastination. Now I’m sure that I’m not the only person struggling with this and there’s probably thousands if not millions of other people who just keep it to themselves who want to make a difference to their habit and I intend to do just that. I’m going to leave this now for you to comment about procrastination and maybe your experiences with it but before I go I’d just like to leave you with a couple of questions on the topic; How, if you don’t procrastinate, would you like to overcome it? and also How, if you do procrastinate, do you plan to overcome it? As I said before I’m off now to complete some things that I’ve been procrastinating (which, by the way, has become my new favourite word) over but don’t be surprised if they never get done. 再見！