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Procrastination: a bad habit or a sign for change?

March 28, 2010

What is procrastination really telling us? (thanks Emilie Ogez)

Today I’m writing about procrastination, because that is what I am doing. Procrastinating. I personally think that procrastination is often something most people frown upon, and consider a bad habit. But often a the question we should really be asking ourselves is “why am I procrastinating?” The answer will probably be quite revealing.

Why do we try and avoid certain activities? The obvious one is because psychologically on either a concious or subconcious level our mind is telling us not to do it. More often than not, it seems that the activity is not that bad, but then what is it, that we so obviously try and get out of doing.

Take for instance assignments. I’m at university, and there are times when I will leave everything until the last minute. I’m not that bad at it,  I have a friend who is reknowned for leaving it until the last minute to get things done. But what is the act of procrastination really telling us?

I think it is telling us that we need to make a change. Often, it is a subtle cue that the direction which we are travelling in is not the one which most resonates with our character and personality. Think about it. This can however be quite an uncoverfortable discovery. In beginning to see procrastination as a sign for changes, some may be more drastic than others.

Most people, especially university students procrastinate to some level. The uncomfortable truth could seem that most of those students aren’t doing what they truly want to do. They are not following their own voice. The act of procrastination is really an indication of this.

Procrastination is a sign that you are not moving the direction of becoming the person who you truly want to be.

It is not a bad habit. It is a sign that you are on the wrong path, or need to make a subtle change. Whatever that may be.

This might annoy some of you reading this, as I’m sure you’ll say, “but I want a good degree!” or something of that effect. But at a deeper level you know I’m right. You know that the project you’re trying to put of until tomorrow is really not what you want to be doing your life and you’d rather be doing something far more exciting. We all.

So today, I challenge you to think and reflect on this, and see what changes you could make now, or in the future, to begin to eliminate procrastination from your life. You do that, you’ll probably end up living a life people only dream of.

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One comment

  1. nice work



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