Monday, 30 June 2008

Procrastination


 authorblog: Weekend Wandering

This week, David asks the question, "Do You Ever Procrastinate?" Well the answer is a resounding Yes! Don't you?

The problem is, there is usually something much more interesting to do than the job in hand. It is sometimes more appealing to leave an unpleasant task for another day. Things like cleaning the oven or turning out heaps of muddles can make me feel better after they are done. Especially jobs that have been nudging and nagging  me for ages. So why do I sit down and blog or start some new venture or waste hours trying to shoot a butterfly ( with a camera, in case people start to ring the RSPCA!) when I could be tackling the jobs that will make me feel better afterwards? Probably because the blogging or other ventures, make me feel better NOW!

Is procrastination the same as laziness? Not according to my  Collins Thesaurus. Laziness implies doing nothing or being lethargic. When I procrastinate, I am busy doing other things and delaying doing the thing I'm supposed to be doing. A different thing altogether.
So, is procrastination a bad thing? Only if it means the delayed job never gets done, I would say.

The photo I used today, contains something which I strive and  endeavour to be, but am probably not! Can you spot what it is?!

19 comments:

Lindsay said...

Wild and Free (wouldn't we all) or something to do with the flag - a pirate perhaps?

Peter said...

Definitely Wild and Free - somehow, I don't think you want to be a buoy!

Peter

the mother of this lot said...

Oh, I don't know Maggie - I think you have your wild and free moments!

family affairs said...

Wild and free or a balloon....hmmm x

Mae said...

I once read: "Procastination is a form of self-abuse."

Granny Smith said...

I am the queen of procrastination. In fact that is what I am doing right now.

Bina said...

Okay, what are muddles?

But yea, even with everything I do, I procrastinate. For instance, I STILL haven't pulled out the washer and dryer to clean under them. I've been meaning to do that for the past few months, but I can think of SO many other things I would rather do.

But, I also don't feel bad about it, cause I know I will get to it EVENTUALLY!

San said...

You wild and free blogging mama you! Nobody on their death bed says "Wow, I wish I'd cleaned my oven in a more timely fashion."

Lavinia Ladyslipper said...

I think...wild and free (and so do many others....)?

Working mum said...

Yep, wild and free. Or tied up with a soggy bottom? :-)

This post reminded me of Dickens:
"Procrastination is the thief of time. Collar him."

I procrastinate when I've got sewing and mending to do. I will shortly have about 30 name tapes to sew so will be finding lots of other things to do instead.

Suburbia said...

Wild and free, me too. Daily routines make me feel so trapped!

Your first paragraph is me all over!
I think you're right, it's the NOW thing that is the 'drug'! I'm begining to think I have no control over my actions any more! I get the hoover out, plug it in, 'drive' it towards the computer, turn it off and blog. I never actually mean to, it just sort of happens!!!
At least you make me feel normal ;)

CrazyCath said...

Great post Maggie. I did that one too. Would you strive to be wild and free? Hopefully not swan shot! ;0)

[I am trying to get the bling up on the blog but blogger is not letting me upload pictures. Grrr!]

Omykiss said...

Procrastination is good ... sometimes if you wait long enough the task just goes away!

You want to go back in time ... to the 'good-old-days', perhaps?

Expatmum said...

I think you're the mast Maggie. You're the one that is righting everyone else's course - just going on what I've been reading.
As for procrastination - what am I doing blogging whan I should be organizing and packing for England? I think because I have a couple of days, I am faffing around and then it'll be mayhem on Thursday. There must be something in that.

SandyCarlson said...

I can relate to this! Blogging is that lovely trip to the water cooler. I procrastinated here.

CrazyCath said...

Maggie - bless you. I just wanted to reassure you it is for me. I have wanted to stop for years and have only been studying with the witnesses for the last 18months. It was 2005 when we gave up together. It was January 2007 I started studying. So yes, it is for me AND for my faith, but mostly for me. A recent health scare motivates. ;0)
(This comment on mine also).

Pop back over for a public thank you to you on the next post.

Valleys Mam said...

Nah Maggie - its choices and we can choose what we want,Why do stuff thats boring when much more sparkley offerings are in view.

Maggie May said...

Lindsay ........no not the flag!

Peter ..... no I don't want to be a buoy!

Jackie .... probably!

family affairs ........ not the balloon!

Mae ....... I can't get my head round that!

Granny Smith ....... Glad its not just me then!

Bina ...... Oh all that sounds like terribly hard work!

San ....... you are SO right!

Lavinia ...... Got it in one!

working Mum ...... soggy bottom tied up????!

Suburbia ..... glad we share the same fault (if it IS a fault!)

Crazy Cath ...... thanks for getting back to me..... hope you don't think I was interfering!

omykiss ..... where am I going wrong then? My tasks never go away!

Expatmum ...... the mast! I suppose that is a kind of compliment!

Sandy C ...... I have already been to visit your really good post!

valleysmam ........ sparkly offerings are more tempting!

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