Sunday found me driving from my house to pick up my sister and take her to the airport. It was a 3 hour drive out, a little over an hour drive up and then a near 4-hour drive home. All in all, not a bad drive and about what I would have spent driving for Uber that day.
It was beautiful morning that was made even more awesome by spending time with my sister, however limited. However, there was one major, loaming deadline that I was procrastinating on: My two final papers and responses, due by 11:59 p.m. Sunday.
Procrastination in one of my downfalls. It creates stress, frustration, and a need to rush through things. My passing these classes rested on my ability to produce really good papers. I got angry at the dog though for whining, wanting attention while I was trying to write. After I posted the papers, I couldn’t get to sleep for another hour and yesterday, I almost fell asleep at work. That’s not a good thing.
According to Psychology Today, there are three types of procrastinators:
- Arousal types, or thrill-seekers, who wait to the last minute for the euphoric rush.
- Avoiders, who may be avoiding fear of failure or even fear of success, but in either case are very concerned with what others think of them; they would rather have others think they lack effort than ability.
- Decisional procrastinators, who cannot make a decision. Not making a decision absolves procrastinators of responsibility for the outcome of events.
I’m between all three of them. I think I do good work when I’m under pressure; this is a very reactive personality trait. I have a really big fear of failure, which I know is terrible because I won’t grow as a person if I don’t try things. I make a decision but I always think that about the outcomes that could have been.
One thing all procrastinators have in common is that we actively look for distractions. For me, that starts happening about 3 p.m. I look for things to read, watch, or listen to. Right now, I’m listening to “Cloud Atlas” by David Mitchell. Audiobooks are great distractions; Pinterest is another, along with Facebook.
For now, I need to get back to work and STOP PROCRASTINATING!
Listening to: “Cloud Atlas” by David Mitchell on Overdrive
Reading: “Cloud Atlas” by David Mitchell
Quote of the Day: “If you choose to not deal with an issue, then you give up your right of control over the issue and it will select the path of least resistance.” ― Susan Del Gatto