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August month-end paperwork is due at the accountant this afternoon – the paperwork is looking at me askew and I am still avoiding the task at hand…  do you also procrastinate? Procrastination is much more than a voluntary delaying of a task, though. I’ll offer you 2 challenging options to answer the question of WHY you procrastinate – which one is true for you?

  1. Procrastination isn’t a unique character flaw or a mysterious curse on your ability to manage time, but a way of coping with challenging emotions and negative moods induced by certain tasks — boredom, anxiety, insecurity, frustration, resentment, self-doubt and beyond…
  2. Humans are genetically geared towards instant gratification. If the task in question doesn’t provide that, we clean a drawer or send an e-mail, or even go deep into a game or a book – activities that have a more immediate reward

Both of these have some truth for me. Overthinking, imposter syndrome, analysis paralysis, plain old overwhelm – these are all reasons to put off a daunting task. And while there is no immediate reward to getting paperwork done, the pain of the looming deadline is only alleviated by getting the job done. Bach Flower Remedies have a flower for procrastination – Hornbeam helps provide a certainty of one’s ability to face the task at hand. A lively mind, freshness and spontaneity are restored.  

The irony of writing a blog on procrastinating to avoid a task is not lost on me. Let me end off, before the deadline hits me in the face….