Procrastination is not healthy…or is it?

by heatherkp

At least not chronic and habitual procrastination.  Honestly I haven’t met anyone who procrastination was good for in the long run…but in the short term, sometimes I think it can be a good thing.  Right now though I find myself severely procrastinating beginning the work to move.  I procrastinate when I am totally overwhelmed and right now, that’s how I feel.  I don’t know where to begin in theory but in reality I’m avoiding DOING what I need to.

My list doesn’t seem to be getting any shorter because a lot of what I’ve accomplished so far is invisible stuff!  Like making phone calls, sending emails, researching, running errands…today though I’m beginning with the deep cleaning we need to do to get the house ready for showing.  Cleaning is usually a good place for me to begin when I’m feeling overwhelmed, it’s physically demanding, task oriented and has visible results!  I know for some people cleaning is a reason for procrastination.  For me though, I’d rather start whatever big job I have to do with a clean slate, so cleaning helps me get motivated.  I’m not saying I love it just that I know what to do to get myself going.

Sure, I’d rather be sitting outside enjoying the remaining days of summer but alas…too much to do and the weather today has turned decidedly fall like today!  I did take a little break today from all the moving madness to swing by my garden and pick a few tomatoes, tomatillos, sunflowers and pull a few weeds.  The garden isn’t done yet, summer isn’t over yet and we are where we are for the moment.  In the midst of the chaos of moving I am making a promise to myself to stop, procrastinate a little (as needed) and enjoy the last of the time we have living where we are.  The packing and moving will get done!

What tricks do you have to motivate yourself when you find your in a procrastination zone?

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3 Comments to “Procrastination is not healthy…or is it?”

  1. Great post! I like your tip about cleaning to deal with feeling overwhelmed. Couldn’t agree more, though I can honestly say I never really thought about it like that before. A “physical task with visible results” is a great motivational tool. I’m going to apply this to my own life asap!
    I also like how you stress the need to find a healthy balance with procrastination. I’ve often been told I’m too hard on myself and immediately reprimand myself for putting anything off, which actually results in further procrastination.
    I’ve recently found something that has worked for me. I go for a ten minute walk. The physical activity gets my blood pumping and I feel energized and anxious to keep busy. It’s a simple motivational tool that can really be the jump start to get other things done and also offers an escape from any stress I may feel. A change of scenery can really work wonders.

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