Procrastination. Don’t we all love it ? Whether its starting our new fitness regime, cleaning up our room, a task we’ve been assigned or something we’ve volunteered to do. We start off by making enthusiastic promises to ourselves and others how we’ll read that new book, help out with the neighbourhood charity drive and tend the garden. Eventually though, we postpone it until the very last minute to finish it. Having personally put off almost every task until I couldn’t postpone it anymore, I’ve come up with the five stages of procrastination :
I. EMPTY PROMISES
The first stage is filled with affirmations, vows of successful completion and promises to start the work tomorrow. Tomorrow being the operative word. And someone has rightly noted that “Tomorrow” is a mystical land where 99 % of all human productivity, motivation and achievement is stored !
Once tall promises are made, the whole matter is removed from consideration. By putting the assigned job out of one’s mind, it is essentially put off ; to be worried about at some indeterminate time in the future.
This is the stage where one furnishes excuses in his/her defence. Enumerating the various reasons why one hasn’t fulfilled the promises made in stage one. Citing hindrances that were responsible for the delay or postponement of
the work assigned are a part of this stage.
Complaining, whining, cribbing, cursing one’s fate and/or blaming the assigner is common. The given time being insufficient, task being unreasonable or even impossible, the goals set being too hard to achieve and lack of resources are oft repeated rants.
After all the delaying and grumbling, one realises that the work cannot be put off much longer. Acceptance is reached albeit reluctantly. For some it is last minute panic that induces action, while others need a helping nudge. Whatever the case may be, eventually one needs to get the job done !