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Resilience Step #3: Procrastinate Intelligently

January 13, 2010

Yes, I did say earlier that “one of the ways out of Overwhelm and Despair is to do something, anything.”  I stand by that. Action dissolves inertia.

Procrastination, on the other hand, can be an art form.

Procrastination, on the other hand, can be an art form. Think of times you have rushed to solve a problem, only to discover you were fundamentally wrong about the problem. Have you ever answered an email in haste, then discovered you didn’t have all the information, or you sent it to the whole list instead of just one person? Finished a project in a half-baked way and discovered there was an easier way? Sat and stared at the problem and didn’t get any of the rest of your work done?

Procrastination happens because: 1) we don’t know where to start; 2) we don’t believe in the project; 3) we don’t have a sense of urgency in the matter; 4) we don’t have enough information; 5) we are scared of the outcome.

I use Procrastination on one project as an energizer to get all my other projects finished. Example: I KNOW I’m Resilient. I just don’t really understand all the ins and outs of WHY I’m more resilient than most of my siblings and a lot of my friends. Things I’ve endured would’ve killed a lot of people, or at least sent them running for the hills.

So, I’m intending to write daily in this blog about Resilience to assist you, AND to understand where I’m coming from on the topic. I couldn’t think of a thing to write on Sunday and Monday. The blog page was open for two days… nuthin’. In the span of those two days, I got a LOT of office work done: Pulled 2009 files, started 2010 files, started tax prep, input the rest of my data, cleaned my office, dumped outdated information, cleaned my closet and prepped a box for a domestic abuse shelter. Zoom zoom zoom. Where did all that energy come from? Procrastinating on my blog post!

When I awoke this morning – far ahead on my End of Year To Do List –  and walked into a clean office, this post started to write itself.

I procrastinate because some things are like fine wine. They need to sit a spell before they are ready.

I procrastinate because some things are like fine wine. They need to sit a spell before they are ready.

As long as you are using the procrastinating time in other useful ways, procrastination isn’t always your enemy.

Now that I’ve set every Professional Organizers’ nerves on edge, I think I’ll go find something else to avoid…  ;-D


© 2010 Beth Terry Seminars, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 27, 2010 10:08 am

    Beth, One of my mottos is “Sometimes procrastination pays off.” Because I’m attracted to bright, shiny objects and have more ideas than I could ever implement, a little bit of incubation time can help me to avoid overwhelm.

    Thanks for all your posts on resilience and decluttering. You’ve inspired me to action.


    • January 27, 2010 11:21 am

      Hey Deb – thanks. Glad I could give you a little push. Just set the timer for 15 minutes and see how much you can declutter in that time. Then go back to work. Doing that once a day for the next week or so will get you back to sanity!
      Have a great week!

  2. January 14, 2010 12:30 pm

    Fantastic! The few days just ahead of a new moon are perfect for having a good de-clutter.

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