“Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.”–Napoleon Hill 

The first time I ever saw a “Round Tuit” was in the seventh grade. My sister-in-law gave me a round piece of paper that “This is a Round Tuit.” I’ll have to say I just didn’t get it at age 12. But I certainly had all of the signs of a procrastinator. I carried the “Round Tuit” for several years after that and even hung it on my bulletin board in college. It was still a cute, funny saying as far as I was concerned.

I had a pretty good idea of what procrastination was during my internships but was really in for an eye opener when I got my first job. Yes, being a procrastinator in the real world was a little shocking. I soon found out there were real consequences to putting things off. There were still bills to pay, work to finish and responsibilities to keep.


The biggest thing I began to see was I had to finish what I put off anyhow, whether I liked it or not.

But it didn’t stop me from continuing to put things off. The fine art of worrying became a habit and not so great companion. Worrying kept me awake at 3 am quite a bit. I learned how to play the “what if” game and lived in a lot of fear. I had every possible scenario played out in my mind. The crazy part about worrying was I could have actually finished what needed to be done in the same amount of time. But I made the choice to be miserable instead.

My new friend, named worrying kept my mind busy all of the time. I wasn’t bored and certainly never alone. Now that I think of it, I gave many good years to worrying and sacrificed some opportunities to choose happiness instead. I kept making choices based on my fear instead of living my truth.

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.  ~Victor Frankl

Fast forward to now… I have created systems to keep moving forward in my personal and business life. I have to keep myself in check and notice when I keep rewriting the same goal over and over on my “to do” list. That’s a huge warning sign that I need to look at why I am not taking action on something that needs to be done.

This might be bold but I learned procrastination was selfish. I spent so much time cooking in my own drama that I didn’t give myself a chance to grow. As a result, I wasn’t able to share the gifts I had been given back to others.

Maybe by now there are some things that you can relate to in this post. Comment below about your experiences with procrastination.
 

6 thoughts on “Procrastination: Getting Around To a Better Life”

  1. I like ti that you said that procrastination is selfish, because it really is. I remember the time that I didn't want to grow because I missed my parents. What I really did as not growing as a parent for my children; how selfish indeed. Thanks!

  2. Wow… It felt like I was reading my own life story there for a minute. I did exactly the same thing until I dug myself a hole so deep it took almost ten years to climb out of it.

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