pro·cras·ti·nate (pr-krst-nt, pr-) KEY
1. To put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness.
2. To postpone or delay needlessly.
pro·cras·ti·nat·ed, pro·cras·ti·nat·ing, pro·cras·ti·nates
Yep, that sounds about right. I have a problem with procrastinating. I wouldn’t say it’s out of laziness or carelessness, though, and most times I don’t think it’s needless. Sometimes it’s necessary. A lot of times it’s selfish. I think I procrastinate the most from stress – stress to get everything done in the seemingly tiny chunks of time we’re left with at the end of a day or a week when the list of want to-dos and need to-dos feels SO BIG.
I just finished an almost two-week vacation (complete with both scheduled and unscheduled interruptions from “the work”). I was supposed to be on vacation today but went in because, silly me, I thought everyone would be running around after a big request that came up right when we all started our vacations. I hadn’t been clear about my intentions, though, and no one knew I was coming in so I decided to keep the afternoon for myself to do some running around. Of course, at 2:30 they finally realize I had been in and wonder if I can jump on the phone now around 3:30 to talk about what I was there for in the morning. At 3:30, when I said I need to be out of the office to take care of some things. This was followed up by an invitation for a 9-12 meeting tomorrow, in addition to the previously scheduled 12-4 meeting and topped off with a conference call from 5-6. And now I’m officially back in the office and feeling absolutely miserable.
But I digress. I could have had this afternoon to myself. Instead I went to the BMV title office, then to the license office, then to the e-check and back to the license office. Why? Because I procrastinated over my vacation. Simple as that.
So…that’s the first thing to go this year.