Sunday, February 06, 2011

Queen of Procrastination

In honour of the title, I've decided not write today but post an article by Craig Harper instead.

The 2006 International Queen of Procrastination

Look out; I'm in one of those moods.

If you're feeling precious or a bit fragile, you may want to read this later.

Or never.

I have a friend (surprising, I know).

To call her a bit of a procrastinator would be like calling Tiger Woods a bit of a golfer.

In the world of procrastinators, she is a pioneer, an innovator.

She's the benchmark.

She has a PhD in time-wasting.

Just when you thought there could be no more reasons for not doing something, no more excuses.... she pulls out a gem; every time.

Slam Dunk.

Didn't see that coming.

And she does it with such conviction.

She talks herself into it.

Logic and reality don't even come into it.

I know what you're thinking; we create our own reality.

But sometimes we create a reality which destines us to being emotionally, socially and psychologically paralysed... forever. Living the life we don't want, but too fearful, too lazy or too indifferent to do anything about it.

I think deep down she knows she's full of crap, but at the same time she knows she can't admit it because then she would have to do something.

How many million reasons can one person give for putting off making decisions, and dealing with issues which should have been addressed forever ago?

Apparently, squillions.

I have crowned her the 2006 International Queen of Procrastination.

The judging criteria revolves around an individuals ability to fluff, waste time, make excuses, avoid issues, go around in circles, rationalise, justify and ignore logic, while simultaneously having an amazing ability to identify all the things which need to change in their own life.... just not right now.

But soon.

Aah, the mystical, mysterious... soon.

No matter how big the issue or situation, whenever I chat with her (we recently had chat number 14,728), it's never the right time.

It ain't about timing.

Or resources.

Or practical issues.

Or work.

Or kids.

Or money.

It's about her.

It's not the situation; it's her in the situation.

I'm not suggesting that we should all run out tomorrow and make rash decisions or put ourselves (or others) at risk. But I am suggesting that, if we're not careful, some of us will wake up one day, we'll be ten years older, we'll still be procrastinating, we'll still be unfulfilled, we'll still be frustrated and we'll wish like crazy that we had listened to Craig in 2006, got over our fear, got off our arse and stopped waiting for the right time.

Perhaps you have a friend like mine... or perhaps you are the friend.

~ Article Source:

Yes, I am the friend.

And I do have a phd in time-wasting.