Saturday, March 28, 2015

Procrastination

I never saw it coming.

For the first time ever, Steve gave me a writing assignment as a punishment. Two pages on why I hadn't done a particular chore (for a few days). I guess he thought I must have an amazing excuse that would completely fill those two pages to explain why I hadn't done it.

But really I only needed two words.

I procrastinated.

I have a long history with procrastination. I even procrastinated while in the womb, not getting around to going through the whole birth process until nearly 3 weeks after I was due to arrive. My habit of procrastination is one of things that led me to propose we give DD a whirl. While DD has helped to some extent, I still have a long way to go.


When Steve got his lunch break, he called to check in on my progress on my assignment. I told him I had worked on it for a while, but it could really be summed up in just two words. He asked what they were so I told him. Then he said he still wanted two pages. Grrr

As you may recall, I'm a college student right now so I have some experience in stretching a paper to fit an imposed limit. But stretching two words to two pages took some real work. I ended up writing a general paper about my habit of procrastination and how we might go about fixing it.

So in honor of my procrastination paper, I'm throwing the topic out to you guys.

Who else has trouble with procrastination?

How have you dealt with it?

How has your HoH dealt with it?

16 comments:

  1. Hi Dana,

    Procrastination is an issue for me. I mumble, delay, and generally avoid certain things. They are always simple things like: Going to the grocery store, paying a bill when I said I would, making XYZ for dinner. As a result of my issue with procrastination we now have a rule in effect for it.

    The rule is simple, don't procrastinate or face punishment. I wish I could say I am a perfect little angel regarding this rule (dying laughing), but I am not. I still struggle with that one and probably always will.

    But, by having it as a rule, I am less likely to procrastinate too much.

    Hugs,

    Kathy

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    1. Thanks Kathy. While we don't have a rule covering procrastination as a whole, we do have some rules that were designed specifically because of my tendency to procrastinate. For instance, dishes have to be done by bedtime and bank deposits have to be made on the first business day after I get money. Most of my procrastination slipups fall under the disobedience rule since more often than not, me not doing what I was told to/supposed to is because of procrastination.

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  2. I am dreadful at this, really bad. As a student I was always the night before sort and still am at work. I too delay paying bills but also sending emails, doing housework everything.
    Our trouble is that often, but not always H is also the same way. He goes through stages when he's organised and sets a few time limits on me, but then we both revert back.
    I just find it so hard to get round this, I need, but would also get annoyed at, help in this area.

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    1. Thanks Janey. Steve is a big believer in doing stuff right away rather than putting it off, which has led to several clashes between us over the years. I asked for help with procrastination when we started DD. DD has helped to some extent because while I don't specifically get punished for procrastination, if that procrastination leads me to not get stuff done, I do get punished.

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  3. If I know I can get away with it, I will wait until the absolute last minute to do something. So hard to correct procrastination. Good luck. K

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    1. I'm the same way K. The problem is that I sometimes put things off too long. Then when I hit my deadline, I'm only part of the way done, and in Steve's eyes, that means it's not done. For him to consider a chore done, it has to be done all the way. No half measures.

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  4. *waving both hands* Procrastinator here! That first quote you shared about waiting until the last minute because I'll be older and wiser is one of my favorite answers. Procrastination hasn't gotten me into too much trouble because even though I procrastinate, I usually hit my deadline...just have to scramble to get it done. LOL

    Hugs and blessings...
    Cat

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    1. That is part of my problem I think Cat. I scramble to get things done before the deadline and actually manage to do it most of the time. The only time there's a penalty for procrastinating is when I don't get it done. Even though it's probably going to come back and bite me in the butt, I'm debating about passing Steve Kathy's suggestion of a general rule against procrastination.

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  5. A bit busy reading blogs just now. Will give you my answer later. :-) N

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  6. Hey Dana,
    Procrastination is my Achilles Heel as well. I don't know if it will ever not be - I think it just has to be worked on daily (ugh). I've had times where I've gotten things done in a calm and timely manner, and I feel like celebrating. But it doesn't change my usual bent of procrastinating. Hopefully, you will find the magic key and then you can share it with all of us. ;)
    hugs,
    Cali

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    1. It's a hard habit to break Cali. If I ever do find a solution, I'll definitely pass it on.

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  7. Procrastination is a dirty and tricky word around here. I have Hashimoto's disease, it greatly contributes and sometimes even creates my procrastination. It is a thin line over here. Determining what is true procrastination and what is illness driven at times.
    Funny thing now that I think about it, I have been procrastinating on getting some blood work done for my Hashimoto's, I suppose once the Hashimoto's is stable I won't have that crutch. Hmmmmmm. Now you got me thinking.
    Thanks for the inspired thoughts.
    Alice

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    1. I can see how that would make it difficult to draw the line Alice.

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  8. Definitely a procrastinator. Learned to work fast, and I get in trouble for procrastination about as much as I get in trouble for my attitude. Glad that I am not the only one.

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    1. That's one good thing about procrastination Blondie. You do learn how to work fast. Sometimes that means cutting corners, though, and Steve's got me a few times for what he called a "half-ass job."

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