Monday, September 13, 2010

On Procrastination

I once attended a class at church called, "Cooperating with God for a Change." During the class, the teacher said, "How many of you think procrastination is a bad thing?"

Everyone raised their hand.

"Not at all," he said. "Procrastination is the thing that lets us delay starting things until the right time. Without procrastination, if you woke up at 2 a.m. and realized your grass needed cutting, you'd have to get up right then and mow it."

Which pretty much describes my life.

You see, I was born without a procrastination gene.

Many of you will reading that will say, "How lucky! Think of all she must get done!"

But it's more like, "Think of all the things she gets started!" Finishing stuff requires discipline, which is a whole separate chromosomal sequence.

Old Dog, on the other hand, was born with two procrastination genes.

In fact, the only thing that gets him started on a project is when I initiate one and then abandon it.

So, all in all, it works out.


  1. Confucius would call that ‘Balance’…. wouldn’t he?
    Enjoyable post. Thanks.

    All the best, Boonie

  2. I can get pretty obsessive about projects around the house. If I get an idea in my head, sometimes I feel like I have to do it NOW! And then I get frustrated when other people don't agree with my neurotic deadlines. But I do procrastinate too, so maybe it all works itself out in the end. - G

  3. Hmm, well, I'm very good at procrastinating ... at the beginning of projects, and in the middle, and at the end.... :D

  4. I am a procrastinator extraordinaire!

    My husband is worse.

    And - don't tell him - but that's why I call him "Drip Dry".

  5. I have become worse at procrastinating as I have aged.

  6. I always considered myself a procrastinator, but realize I only procrastinate on those things I DO NOT want to do and know I have time to wait (thus I end up cleaning the house a few hours before the guests are due to arrive).

    When it comes to something I want to do (i.e. write), I tend to jump right in and do it. Sometimes I have to force myself to "procrastinate" or I'd never get any of my chores done!

    Enjoyed your post. Very funny!

  7. It sounds like perhaps you were made for each other..good teamwork in a different way:)

  8. My ultimate daydream procrastination is to wait until I'm on my deathbed at 94 to finally surrender my soul to Christ. SAFE AT LAST! Whew....

  9. The teacher was right. Cutting the grass at 2 a.m. is silly. That's leaf-blower time.

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  11. Golly gee, it's just the opposite here on the Ponderosa. Thing's will get started then when I fed up and had enough, I'll finish 'em like the boards that laid on the carport for over a year and one day I built the cutest backyard gate. Just sayin........

    May God bless your beautiful day sweetie!!!

  12. My husband must never, ever see this post. His body is littered with procrastination genes whereas I am a type A, jump-in-there-and-get-this-shit-done kinda woman. That teacher would just give him more ammunition.

    You're right that finishing stuff requires discipline; sometimes being the disciplined one can be very tiring...


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