I’ve been thinking about writing this blog for some time, but somehow other stuff got in the way. However, catching up on TV, or having a snack – nothing seemed to get in the way there!
Procrastination… it’s something we all experience at some time, but I imagine we will all experience procrastination in different ways. We might procrastinate about different things, and we will procrastinate in different ways.
In case you’re not sure what I mean by procrastination the dictionary definition is ‘the action of delaying or postponing something’. So when you have an important task to do, maybe an assignment, or revision, you will find other things to do instead – assuring yourself that you will get round to completing that task at some point. Our thought for the week comes from Mason Cooley who says “procrastination makes easy things hard, hard things harder” – why do things become harder when we procrastinate? It’s for many reasons but partially because we are adding pressure and time limits to ourselves. I know that I am a last minute person, I argue that this is when I do my best things… it’s more that I’m an expert in procrastinating so always end up doing things at the last minute so I have come to assume it’s a necessity.
In our first two days of the school term we were considering making a fresh start at the beginning of a fresh year, and recognising that the only way we can shape our path and move forward is through our choices. I don’t think there are any cures to procrastination, however if you become aware of it as an issue, and recognise that you are procrastinating that may help you to get back on track and focussed. It is only something we can do though, friends or others telling us to do something is likely to have the opposite affect.
In the book of Ecclesiastes it says ‘whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap’… this is great when we think about procrastination… maybe in my life it should read ‘whoever writes lists will not tick them off’.
Procrastination is not necessarily a bad thing, but it can be hinderance to our productivity and journey, the only ones who can change that is us.
Challenge: think about when and how you procrastinate and if there are things you can do to get you back on track and focussed.
Prayer: father God, we thank you that you have given us so many things to occupy us, help us stay focused on what we should be doing so that we can be productive, and then relax and fully enjoy everything else. Amen