How many of you procrastinate?
Procrastination sucks, but it happens, and it’s something that a lot of Americans struggle with. According to this article(click here), 26 percent of Americans think of themselves as Chronic procrastinators. Not so great, eh?
Unfortunately, I’m no exception. I know that procrastination isn’t something I should do, and I know the Bible has a lot to say about working hard and all that (you know you can break the fourth commandment any day of the week?). I think that a huge part of it (the solution) has to do with getting back to the word, getting closer to God, and living the life He wants me to live. I feel super productive when I feel close to God, when I’m praying and spending time in worship. Somehow, if I do that, even if it doesn’t seem like there’s time…..I always find time to get everything I need done.
I’m going to try to stop procrastinating, so…..pray for me. I’m going to start trying to spend my time more efficiently, and recognize how valuable it really is, starting tonight. (I don’t count this blog as wasting time….I’m writing to sharpen the mind, because I haven’t written in so long)
The art of procrastination is deeply rooted in my past. I actually remember doing homework during recess in second grade, when I should have done it the night before. In highschool, it was the same thing with spanish and history. I would often do spanish over lunch before it was do. I hated spanish though…not because the class was that bad, but the teacher seemed unmotivated(I joke about how he only pretended to know spanish).
English clas was another class that I procrastinated heavily in. Here’s the thing, though: I loved English. I loved reading, I loved writing, and I had an awesome teacher who always made it interesting. All that being said, I often waited until the last minute to write my papers for English. The reason for this procrastination was indecision. For some reason, I could never think of what to write about. Sometimes I could think of many things, but couldn’t decide. I always wanted to choose a really good subject, something I was actually passionate about(or could at get passionate about, even mildly). I wanted to make my paper stand apart. I don’t know why it was so important to me, but I took my time deciding, letting thoughts brew in the back of my mind.
Once I committed, though, I could usually write a pretty good paper. Even if I ended up doing the last minute revisions minutes before class started…..the paper was usually an A paper, with top marks for organization and flow(maybe a few misspellings if it was really last minute, but usually not). -disclaimer, this blog will forever remain informal, so I’m not worried about whether my blogs are A material. I’m just writing to think.
Basically, there’s two types of procrastination, and I’m guilty of both. The first type of procrastination is basically negligence, and is the result of laziness, or a multitude of distractions. This can be overcome easily, with a little discipline. The second type of procrastination comes from(and is) indecision. This is more difficult, but it too can be overcome. I hope to leave both of these things in the past, in the near future. Life is short, and time is the most valuable thing we have. We shouldn’t waste it. Even stuff like blogging or vlogging or other enjoyable hobbies are more constructive than other things we(I) often do.
I plan on taking action and becoming a more productive person. Wish me luck. And if you’re one of the many people who can identify with this problem….let me know about it, or let someone know, and then take action, and change.
God Bless 🙂