pro·cras·ti·nate /proʊˈkræstəˌneɪt, prə-/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[proh-kras-tuh-neyt, pruh-] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation verb, -nat·ed, -nat·ing.
–verb (used without object) 1. to defer action; delay: to procrastinate until an opportunity is lost.
–verb (used with object) 2. to put off till another day or time; defer; delay.
Does anyone have a cure for this deadly disease?
· I’ve tried all the self-help I can stomach.
· I’ve tried timers, lists, rewards and punishments
· Both positive and negative reinforcement.
· Mediation, meditation, journaling, praying, committing to another as to tasking.
· I’ve tried cleaning up the workspace.
· Reviewing the task list every day and picking three to tick off before doing anything else.
My task list gets longer and longer so that the bottom keeps vanishing beneath the computer screen like someone drowning.
Everyone treats it as a kind of joke, ha-ha.
But the consequences are a form of chaos that does not sit well with me. Piles of well- paying work littering the office. Three briefcases full of work sitting outside the office door.
Piles to the left of me, piles to the right of me and I’m stuck in the middle – with my procrastinating self.
And all I want to do is read some back issues of The New Yorker, or one of the three books I’ve started:
The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan
Surfacing, Margaret Atwood (a re-read for me)
Easier than you think, Sylvia Boorstein
Or, head off to see “In Bruges” which I hear is a damn fine movie
Or, work on chapter outlines for the great Newfoundland novel.
Or whine away in my journal about how backlogged and hopeless I feel.
Or get on the phone and whine to friends.
Or write a blog entry and whine……….