Waiting to Procrastinate

Waiting to Procrastinate

Yes, I’m a procrastinator. I’m not proud of this, it just is what it is. My subconscious motto is “Put off today what can be done tomorrow even if tomorrow is cutting it way too close.” My conscious self is very aware that is a stress-inducing, high anxiety-causing, unhealthy way to live.


I have felt very guilty about this unceasing procrastination. What is wrong with me? Do I accept this is just my nature, or do I keep trying to fix it? I even bought a book called “Living Without Procrastination” a few years back. You probably already guessed it: I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet.

I really do plan to read this - someday.
I really do plan to read this – someday.

I don’t want to be a procrastinator. I want to be one of those people who arrives 10 minutes early to every appointment (instead of sliding in as the doors are closing), has the speech prepared at least 3 days prior to the delivery (instead of still mentally composing as I’m approaching the podium) and has their taxes filed by February 2 (instead of writing an article about procrastination on April 14 while hoping I get them in the mail by midnight tomorrow). Every January I vow this is the year I will stop procrastinating.

And then I heard on the radio that procrastination could be genetic. There could be an inherited gene that makes one predisposed to procrastinating. I looked it up. There has indeed been a study on this that is being quoted by Medical News Today. For years I have been guilt-ridden about this shortcoming of mine. Now it turns out it was my parents fault all along!    -El



  1. Well this IS good news! I can add it to the list of things to blame them for! 😉

  2. I’m the expert procrastinator. Case in point, this weekend I planned to finalize a short story that is due by the end of the month. Instead….I have the most organized walk in pantry in the neighborhood. 🙁

    1. Sadly, I can relate. If I ever do read that book on procrastination it will probably be because I’m putting off doing something I’m suppose to be doing! Of course, reading it might result in me doing something different in the future – such a Catch-22! -El

  3. This is priceless. Mom and Dad are both gone and I’m still finding things to blame them for. Now I can put off (okay, procrastinate) taking responsibility even longer. 🙂

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