This week, I have been reflecting on procrastinaton. I think this is something that most of us do from time to time, and I am keen to hear your thoughts about it. What does procrastination mean to you, and what tasks are you likely to procrastinate on?
I believe that I have a tendency to procrastinate when I am uncertain about how to “get it right”. If I don’t know how to get something right, I can get into a cycle of procrastinating that is quite difficult for me to break. This tends to happen when I am starting something new, or if someone has provided me with instructions that just don’t feel clear to me. In these cases, I procrastinate because I don’t want to get it wrong; I worry about failure.
Understanding my procrastination a little has helped me to also find ways of turning it around. For example, if I felt that I had been given unclear instructions, I would seek clarification from the person who made the request.
Below are some questions that may or may not be useful for you in exploring your interpretation of procrastination. If you would like to share your thoughts, pllease feel free to comment below, or on the An Ontological Life Facebook Page.
- What tasks are you likely to procrastinate on?
- For the sake of what do you procrastinate on these tasks? (That is, what are you taking care of within yourself when you procrastinate? In my case, it is often a fear of “getting it wrong”)
- What requests could you make of others that would be useful in turning the procrastination around?
- What requests could you make of yourself that would be useful in turning the procrastination around?
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