I Procrastinate


I hear this comment a lot and I’m often seeing people posting on facebook and Twitter that they are procrastinating a lot today.  My first response is to query that.  I think it is often easy to label our behaviour like this rather than admit to ourselves what is really going on.

What does procrastination really mean?  The English Oxford Dictionary definition is “The action of delaying or postponing something”

Why would I query that this is what you are doing? Well because I’ve caught myself being tempted to use this line and when I’ve delved down into what is really going on for me it’s normally something else, like:

  • I’m feeling lazy
  • I can’t be bothered
  • I don’t want to do it
  • It’s a task I’ve been given by someone else
  • I think it’s going to be difficult
  • ………

So when I say “Really?” I don’t mean to be harsh, I’m just asking you to look a little deeper, to ask your self what is really going on and to act accordingly.

I did that today with three tasks I’d been ‘procrastinating’ about for over a week.  When I faced up to the fact that I didn’t want to do them and I thought they would be complicated and awkward I found that I just sailed through them and they were done in minutes.


About Clare Wildman

Life coaching from Lincolnshire. Having moved from Milton Keynes I'm now based between Boston and New York, in the UK. Looking forward to welcoming clients to the new coaching room and having the option for walking as we talk or taking advantage of sunny days in the garden.

1 Comment

  1. Jude Srivalsan on 17th March 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Good point, Clare. How much do we ‘put off’ because we actually have no interest in doing it in the first place, we just think we should!!