I am always putting things off. I have decided that I am going stop procrastinating…starting from tomorrow.
But first, apparently, I need a ‘tuit’. However, where do you get one from? Nothing on Amazon as far as I could tell. Are they only just the one shape? The traditional shape is something like a circle. You know, when you hear someone say, ‘I must get a round tuit’. I can hear the groans from here at that old joke. I’m sorry but it’s not easy trying to instil some wit into these posts. In fact, I am only 50% as witty as I used to be. I am now probably a half wit. (Family and friends are nodding agreement.)
‘Procrastination is the thief of time’, said the writer Edward Young in 1742 in his poem Night-Thoughts. He goes on to say;
‘At thirty, man suspects himself a fool;
Knows it at forty, and reforms his plan;
At fifty chides his infamous delay,
Pushes his prudent purpose to resolve;
In all the magnanimity of thought
Resolves, and re-resolves; then dies the same.’
And he continues,
‘All men think all men mortal but themselves.’
Charles Dickens added to this thought in David Copperfield by saying, ‘Procrastination is the thief of time…collar him!’ But what does this expression mean? Well, the premise is that if you delay doing something, it will take longer later on. I’m not so sure about that. Something might take the same amount of time to do but, surely, what is stolen is the time taken worrying about doing it?
If there is a task I don’t really want to do, I invariably stall about doing it. I will much rather do something I like first. Mostly, it’s the boring things I delay. I have a great mountain of boxes I’ve kept in our garage for when I eventually get around to selling a load of unwanted items on eBay. It’s just that listing all those things, photographing them, checking current prices etc will take ages. I have a lot of stuff. Of course, once the things are listed and underway it’s quite exciting watching the bidding…or lack of it. So, to absolve some of the procrastination I filter a few things to Charity Shops or Church Bazaars. Even so, our garage is still completely full of junk. Erm, I mean really good bargains for somebody.
We are told that you should do the toughest tasks first as then the others will seem even easier. But what if doing the tough tasks means that the easy jobs don’t get done that day? Will we still have time tomorrow? Ah, ‘tomorrow (noun), that mystical land where 99% of all human productivity, motivation and achievement is stored,’ said somebody. I wonder how many miles that land is from yesterday? We could end up never doing the easy jobs.
What jobs are your worst for enabling procrastinating? Checking emails or reading posts on FaceBook? Watching television or making coffee? I would be interested to know. You can use the comments box.
I’ve always liked the maxim, ‘Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today because if you enjoy it today, you can do it again tomorrow! But the trick is getting around to doing it today!
Unfortunately, often I find that for me, procrastination is the first thing on my ‘To Do’ list. And sometimes, it can take me all day to get nothing done at all.
So, stop reading this and get on with it.