Procrastination, Priorities, and Purpose – Part 1 – Defining Procrastination

As we wind down the summer, and head into fall and the holiday season, I thought I would rerun a popular series of blog posts I originally published 2-3 years ago. The theme for this series is “Preventing Procrastination, Prizing Prioritizing, and Pursuing Purpose.” Today we’ll start on the topic of procrastination.

 

It’s a commonly repeated adage: “Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.”  OK, maybe not intentionally, but it happens, nevertheless. Sad, but true.  Unfortunately, procrastination often enters into the picture and contributes to the problem of failing to plan.

 

When we fail to plan ahead, it also often means we neglect to finish many of the things we start. Instead of setting and meeting deadlines, we think in terms of “maybe” and “when I get around to it” and “someday”…

 

 

So what do you think of when  you hear the word procrastination? Courtesy of the Free Online Dictionary,  the definition of procrastination is “To put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness” and “To postpone or delay needlessly.”

 

Do I hear a collective “OUCH” out there in the blogosphere?

Yeah, I am reminded of all the craft and sewing projects I have laying around the house…

not to mention freelance work I have attempted and given up on completing…

the blogs I started and never maintained, and have now deactivated (condensing some of the content to this blog)…

changes in my lifestyle for the sake of my health that I started and have not been consistent in maintaining…

the ongoing struggle to keep up with my grad work, and see it through to completion…

trying to meet everyone else’s needs when I’m sometimes not even sure I have the strength to manage my own…

 

OK, OK – I get the message!!

 

As Joyce Meyer shared in a couple of her devotional books that I read regularly:

 

From Starting Your Day Right: “Procrastination is one of the greatest barriers to putting God’s word into action in our lives. It takes self-control to DO something, and it also takes self-control NOT to do something. Ask God to fill you with the power of self-control in order to overcome procrastination and be a doer of the Word.”

 

From New Day, New You: “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 the decision that we will be more than people who never reached their full potential.”

 

So procrastination is also a barrier, a lack of self-control, an unwillingness (?) to finish what we start, and an inability to fulfill our potential. Yikes! Sounds to me like procrastination is definitely something we want to prevent and ban from our lives!

 

[To be continued – be sure to come back tomorrow for the next part in the series: Preventing Procrastination: Removing the Barriers and Lack of Self-Control!]

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What about you?

 

Do you struggle with procrastination?

 

If not, or if you have recently begun to better manage your time, what tips can you share?

 

 

 

**PLEASE NOTE** This series is a reflection and sharing of a personal journey, combining a confession of a recognized character flaw and ongoing struggle, with a strategy to overcome this weakness. It is my hope that by sharing these sometimes painful revelations, others who stop by to read will find some inspiration of their own to overcome their own areas of procrastination or other character flaws.

 

4 thoughts on “Procrastination, Priorities, and Purpose – Part 1 – Defining Procrastination

  1. I am focusing on crossing things off my list. Prioritizing my list is very important too. I have so many things on my list daily that I can hardly ever finish it, but I try and that is what is most important is EFFORT!

  2. I agree with the saying that it is better to have a slow progress than no progress at all. Sometimes we don’t need to be in a hurry. As long as you know that you are giving your best, that should be fine.

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