Activate or Procrastinate?
Ok, I’m finally in! After weeks of silently hemming and hawing to myself about what to write, I decided I better post something before “2 Guys and a Blog” becomes “1 Guy’s Blog”. Sorry for the delay, Mikey.
Which leads me to my first topic: why do I/we procrastinate? Obviously, there are many valid answers to this question, and tons of books out there on the subject that probably all have valid science to back up the underlying reasons and motives for procrastination. And I’m not talking about “delaying” a decision on something until all information is collected, although there is a fine, fine line between “delaying” and “procrastinating”, right?
So I’m referring to things that we just put off and put off and put off. For me, I think the top three reasons are: fear, analysis paralysis, and just plain laziness! And not necessarily in that order!
This ocurred to me the other day when I finally fixed something that I’ve been putting off–the utility sink drain! I just didn’t know how to fix it and it was a little intimidating. The drain pipe had completely rotted away from the drain and the threads on the drain stem protruding from the bottom of the sink were worn. I went to Home Depot a few months ago and the guy gave me the materials and told me what I needed to do, but when I got home, it didn’t seem to work exactly as he had described. So rather than continue to try to figure it out, I did it about half-way, wrapped some duct-tape around it and called it good. In other words a band-aid. This lasted a couple of months, but eventually, it was leaking again. So I tried to replace the “bandage”, but with a little more reinforcement. This lasted a couple of weeks. Finally, I went to Lowe’s, bought the materials that I had not used and returned the first time, and came home and fixed it right. And you know what, it really wasn’t as difficult as I had made it out to be in my head! I had allowed my fear of doing it wrong, my analysis paralysis of trying to do it right, to morph into laziness and belief that the band-aid was sufficient, to keep me from fixing it the first time.
And so, I say all that to say–what else am I doing that with? Several things come to mind immediately such as creating a household budget, cleaning up the clutter in my bedroom and garage, etc. Instead of procrastinating, I’m going to work on “activating” by just jumping in and tackling the task or situation. I challenge you to do the same! I’m going to stop procrastinating and start activating! Like this blog! And organizing the photo albums! And the backyard landscaping! And the…