Procrastination Is…An Unwillingness to Finish What We Start

OK, I admit: this next post in my blog series on Preventing Procrastination and Pursuing Purpose is one that especially troubles me. Procrastination is an unwillingness to finish what we start.

It makes me experience a strange combination of feelings, including anger, defensiveness, frustration, and guilt. Am I really *unwilling* to finish what I start? [Update: I started this post last night, got sleepy, and was unwilling to stay up any later to finish! Wow, lessons of life…]


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This idea sent me into a period of retrospection and reflection, followed by the realization that there have in fact been times that I simply didn’t want to finish something I started (projects, meal preparation, freelance work, schoolwork, plans for one thing or another…).

Other times, I’m not sure if it is unwillingness as much as taking on too much — being out of balance — and getting overwhelmed to the point that I feel unable to accomplish what I should. So maybe, after all, it does end up being an unintentional unwillingness to finish what I started!

I think some of the most glaring unfinished things have been freelance projects, plans to de-clutter and reorganize around home, and sewing projects. The problem is, as I’ve mentioned before in a quote from Joyce Meyer, the inherent character flaws that cause this issue won’t go away if I continue NOT to face them and change myself and my attitude toward them:

If you have been tempted recently to give up–don’t! If you don’t finish the thing you are currently involved in, you will face the same challenges in the next thing you start.

Some people spend all their lives starting new things and never finishing anything. Let us make a decision to be more than people who never reached their full potential.

–Joyce Meyer


The next post in the series is: Procrastination is an inability to fulfill our potential.

To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing. 

~Eva Young


So what do you think? Is it just me, or do others of you struggle with the issue of being unwilling to finish what you start, either consciously and unintentionally? Do you think it’s rebellion? Fear? Laziness? Overwhelmed and over-committed?



4 thoughts on “Procrastination Is…An Unwillingness to Finish What We Start”
  1. When I get overwhelmed with too much to do I feel like giving up and not doing anything. It is then that I remind myself that all I have to do is pick one (small) thing and do it. I know I will feel better.

    This has been a great series, K’Lee!
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  2. Personally, I struggle a lot with procrastination and it seems to be worse the more I have to do. One of my favorite quotes about overcoming procrastination and pushing past failure (or even feelings of failure) is by Milton Berle: “Too many people simply give up too easily. You have to keep the desire to forge ahead, and you have to be able to take the bruises of unsuccess. Success is just one long street fight.”
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  3. I am a HUGE Joyce Meyer fan. Amongst other things – she is the reason I cannot leave a parking lot until I put my shopping cart in the proper location. LOL!

    On the matter of procrastination – I suggest we make sure the task is something we really want to do. Procrastination is not always a flaw or failure – it may be the result of simply not knowing how to say “no”.

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