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I’m a hideous, hideous procrastinator. You?

Posted on January 20th, 2016 51 Comments

51 Responses

  1. AmyM says:

    Dessert after (almost) every meal.

  2. Heather says:

    This article from last week explains how procrastination increases creativity:

    • Sarah T says:

      I couldn’t agree more with this. I used to think my procrastination was a fault but a friend once asked me if my procrastination ever meant I missed a deadline and when I answered that it didn’t, he said “then why is it a bad habit?”. Too simple! Now I embrace it and think of it as incubation time for my ideas!

    • Tucson Diva says:

      Yes! I was just going to post that link. It was a fairly poisonous article since I am one of the world’s worst procrastinators and that article encourages you to put things off so that creativity flows through instead. I may just have to send it to some of my law clients (along with their delayed work)!

      It also feels that lack of willpower goes along with procrastinating. The older I get, the harder it is for me to whip myself into doing things. It may just be that I am tired after all these years of frenetic production, but my “just do it” button doesn’t seem to be working very well now.

  3. Sara says:

    Procrastination by miles and miles.

  4. Julie says:

    All of the above!

  5. Gemma says:

    I’m disgustingly messy at work. (But not at home)

  6. caroline says:

    Yup. Procrastinator tops my list..
    With disorganized running a close second.

  7. Becky says:

    Mine is having to have everything done before I sit down – bed made, dishes clean, office work done = so I hardly ever relax and that doesn’t make for much fun.

  8. Maria says:

    I’m messy. My office is full of bits of paper, stuff scribbled everywhere. I tell myself that it is the sign of a creative mind (I’m a scientist), but really, maybe I’m just a slob?

  9. mlinky says:

    Another sister in procrastination here.

  10. DeDe says:

    Another mess-maker/maintainer here. Though lately I like to tell people I’m practicing the Non-Konmari Method.

  11. y.k. says:

    o procrastination for sure & especially when it has to do with paperwork. it seems to be getting worse with age ( because really so few things matter or that’s my rationalization. I’m the queen of that too).

  12. Tammy says:

    procrastinator = journalist. Describes me to a T.

  13. Mary Alice says:

    I’m late for EVERYTHING. I always feel terrible and apologize and swear to leave 15 minutes early next time, but then always end up thinking that I can squeeze 1, or 2, or 3 errands in on the way…I hate this about myself.

    • Mamavalveeta03 says:

      You just reminded me of another one of mine: swearing (literally). I bumped my head in a department store yesterday and yelled, “Oh sh*t!” because it hurt, only to see a stunned shopper standing nearby. Plus, I’m a bad influence on my 2 and 1/2 yr old granddaughter who repeats everything (including “WTF”!!!).

  14. Dana says:

    I’m really great at standing up for others, but I can’t do it for myself. I wish I could change it.

    • Dana D says:

      Danas stick together…

      I was just thinking yesterday about the fact that, even at age 53, I still feel that I am not doing my work perfectly enough. I’ve been doing the same work (teaching) for 27 years, and I still feel, most days, that I’m not giving enough or doing enough.

      It’s a different version of not standing up for myself (ourselves), because I’m pretty good at advocating for my students…(as you suggested)

  15. Lee says:

    Procrastination, and also a terminal optimism about how much I can get done/how far I can get in any given period of time, meaning that I am generally late to everything.

    • Mockingbird says:

      Are you me? Though I think I will adopt your description of “terminal optimism about much much I can get done…” because that really is what it is for me. It’s not that I don’t care about being on time, it’s that I truly believe that this time I’ll be able to get ready in 1/2 hour.

      I have no explanation for the procrastination, other than I always seem to find something more interesting to do than work on something not due for weeks. Going back to grad school almost 20 years after I finished undergrad has helped a lot, because I just can’t crank out homework and papers in as short a time as I used to.

  16. kaf says:

    I hate being late, so am always airing places with time to spare. I must waste hours each week being early.

  17. Rebecca says:

    Saying yes to every request. I end up with no time for the things I really should get done for my self, my family, my sanity. It feels “mean” to say no to things I am capable of doing. I end up juggling multiple volunteer roles and projects. I am a product of the “girls should always be nice” generation.

  18. Ann says:

    Lazy. So lazy, I can’t even be bothered to elaborate.

  19. Susan says:

    Envy. I have to chase/beat it away with a stick!

    • Bex says:

      Ditto. I am constantly comparing myself unfavorably to other people and wondering why they have things so much easier than I do. I know it’s stupid and self-defeating, and yet, I am compelled to do it. Procrastination is a close second for me.

  20. I psyche myself out of doing things that will make me happier. Usually, this applies to creative ventures that I want to try – like learning to make jewelry, or painting, or just starting a project and then stopping half way because I’m afraid the outcome won’t be as good as I would like. Sadly, it also applies to my job. I’m in a job now that I am not happy with, and when I look for something else, I think – hmmm, well, I have skills a, b, c, d, and e that they are looking for, but I don’t have skill f, so I don’t even attempt to apply. It’s stupid.

  21. cedar says:

    Procrastination, oh yes. And you’d think I’d get better about it as I get older, but as it turns out, when I’m really, really stressfully under the gun, I’m wildly efficient and productive.

    This means I suffer for my procrastination in guilt and stress and self-disgust… but I always manage to pull it off as far as the outside world can tell…so I keep doing it.

    • mlinky says:

      Most procrastinators are perfectionists. That’s why we are wildly efficient when under the gun…we get out of our own way and just do it.

  22. MarieP says:

    Impatience. Ferocious impatience. Even when I can just sit quietly and read a book while waiting, which is basically the thing I always want to be doing anyway, I just can’t stand to wait.

  23. jpete says:

    I am, to quote Katharine Hepburn’s Tracy Lord, “such an unholy mess of a girl.” My inventory of worst bad habits is staggering and beyond enumeration.

  24. I HATE making phone calls. Doesn’t matter if I’m pitching someone or making a doctor appointment. I avoid them till the last possible minute.

  25. Diane says:

    Easy: procrastination. Ugh.

  26. Ljchicago says:

    Used to be enabling alcoholic sister in law and alcoholic’s spouse (my brother). But I kicked that habit!

    Current worst habit is picking my cuticles all the time. Beats enabling.

  27. joannawnyc says:

    Not saying what I REALLY think. But I’m getting better.

    Oh, I procrastinate, too.

  28. kristen says:

    They should have 8. Fear would be mine. (but then courage comes)

  29. Meredith says:

    Mine is gossiping. My intent is never malicious because I’m truly just fascinated and curious as to how people go about their lives (sans judgment), but I should really mind my own damn business.

  30. Mamavalveeta03 says:

    I quit biting my fingernails (truly a disgusting habit!) only to trade it for picking at my cuticles.

  31. Tor says:

    I have wonderful, unique, ahead of their time ideas. But I have a terrible time following through.

  32. Rosanne says:


    Oh that stain on the fridge is grossin me out. I’ll finish that later.

    • Rosanne says:


      Pictorial evidence

  33. Cara says:

    Procrastination, for sure.

  34. Eve france says:

    Love the plates. Forgetting stuff