Taming the Procrastination Beast

I’ve mentioned before that I can be a procrastinator.  90% of the time I’m a great self-motivator, but the other 10% I’m a expert procrastinator.  It all boils down to things I enjoy vs. things I dread.  Enjoyable things get done immediately, if not sooner.  Things I dread I’ll put off as long as possible.

Case-in-point:  I’ve been using my dining room as a ‘catch-all’ room.  Since our house was built in 1817, it didn’t come with all the modern conveniences (goes without saying that it didn’t have electricity or running water or bathrooms, which were of course added later) but what I’m talking about are the ‘modern conveniences’ of things like closets and a pantry.

Pantry items and winemaking items I normally store in the root-cellar/basement have taken up temporary residence in the dining room until we clear out the disaster created from the flooding we had down there over the winter.  We’ve been procrastinating since it won’t be a pleasant job, waiting for a good weather weekend to basically empty it out, toss anything that got ruined, and reorganize – most likely get more wooden pallets to raise things even further off the floor, and add more raised shelving in case there’s any future flooding. 

Considering the house was purposely built on a natural spring to have fresh spring water available even in the dead of winter (to avoid drawing water from the stone well out back – remember, they had no running water or plumbing in 1817), and cool the basement down in the heat of the summer (for the root cellar mode) makes it a bit tricky, but not impossible.

Along with the excess pantry items are the empty boxes I’ve saved to ship the Christmas presents to friends and family out West interspersed with the boxes’o’goodies I have yet to organize, wrap and box up for shipping out.  Yes, you read that right – the Christmas presents.  Going on 4-months late.  That’s procrastination at its best.

This is the latest I’ve ever sent out gifts, but my mojo was upended with the unexpected/unplanned (but welcome) addition of Little Dude just before summer’s end, which upended my inveterate daily schedule and routine (amazing how you forget how you were able to get everything done when 5 years have passed since your child was the tender age of 3-1/2 and you pretty much have to wing it to figure out all over again.  I’m still figuring it out.)

Add to that the last minute decision to take a road trip to visit my sister and her hubby in Iowa over the Christmas and New Year holidays.  First year in a very long time we’ve actually not been home during the time I would have been finishing up my Christmas cheer to send off to the Wild Wild West – traditionally late, but at least in time for New Year.

Then of course we’ve all been rotating the boomerang colds and sinus infections and burst eardrums that have foiled any motivational plans to accomplish the clean up of the borderline hoarders room I’ve got going on in the dining room.  Playing the round robin nursemaid, I’ve been procrastinating tackling that room like nobody’s business.

But now that Spring has sprung (though you wouldn’t really know it with the freeze warnings we’ve had practically every night for the past two weeks) my mojo is starting to return and I’m getting antsy about tackling the piles of stuff – and finally getting the Christmas gifts sent out before next Christmas along with restoring order and getting some Spring Cleaning done in the process. 

We’ll see if I can tame the procrastination beast.  I’ll keep you posted.

Which brings me to this week’s question:

Are you a procrastinator? Do you only procrastinate on things you don’t really want to do, or do you go all out with procrastination?

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After 20+ years in the Corporate World and years of infertility, Princess Nagger made her miraculous appearance and I chose to become a SAHM and WAHM - I love every minute of it. We added Little Dude through adoption, adding a whole new dimension to our family. We have an eclectic mix of pets: dogs, cats, birds and fish. I love to cook and try new techniques to turn ordinary into extraordinary. Crafty by nature, I take on a lot of unique projects and enjoy seeing the end result. My favorite, of course, is making my own wine out of fruits and grapes. Experiments with water currently underway. I blog about the joys of parenting, family, friends, life, love and anything else that strikes my fancy. I do enjoy doing reviews and giveaways for products I use, believe in and can stand behind.
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29 thoughts on “Taming the Procrastination Beast

  1. That sounds just like me! Yep, I’m a procrastinator, BIG TIME! Only with the things I don’t really want to do. Our Garage, for example, is full of stuff (and I mean full). It’s been on my ‘to-do’ list for 2 years now….
    Thanks for sharing, I’ve enjoyed reading your post and knowing I’m not alone 😉

  2. When I still have my job 2 months ago, I can find ways not to procrastinate, I tend to be productive as I can, but still from time to time, I procrastinate. Now that I am jobless, I am really guilty of this! Oh well, I enjoyed reading your post. Does anyone of us says they’re not guilty? Nah! Anyway, enjoy your day and keep us posted on your taming process!


  3. sometimes yes like the stack of papers sitting in the chair needing my attention for a week now but most days i’m retty good at getting things done

  4. I would like to procrastinate paying the bills but the payees get all crabby about that. You know, they just can’t take a joke. Since I am very deadline driven I don’t procrastinate all that much. Not to say I don’t, just that I try not to very often.

  5. While in college I would work the best when under pressure. Not sure why, but lesson plan creations would just come to be at that last minute. With the house I think other things cropping up helps me to pretend to justify putting projects off. The paint cracking and not being redone is a prime example. *sigh*

  6. OMG I have to say I am.. atleast 60% of the time. I get caught up in one thing or another and half my to do list gets put off for the next day..

  7. Oh I just love you! You make me feels so normal! I am such a procrastinator. I just gave my niece her Christmas present last month, and I didn’t even have to ship them! My sister lives a mile from me. Terrible, I know.

  8. I am Queen of Planet Procrastination. No need to genuflect…I won’t get around to acknowledging it until later, anyway.

  9. I think procrastination depends on the level of motivation. Sometimes no matter how much you want to get something done, if it’s not there, you just can’t really do it or do it right.

    Yes I procrastinate. I’m very good at it. I hate it. Oy meh let’s not start. 🙂

    I hope you get a great weather weekend to get the space all taken care of.
    Your home sounds quite interesting.

    Happy weekend.

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  11. Oh you shouldn’t talk about your friends that way – snicker~snicker! I am the Queen of the procrastinators! I also start 20 things and only get then half done, Lord I need help. lol Have a great weekend.

  12. Stacy- why is filling out blogger word verification like taking the doggone SAT’s again? I’m going nuts with it! Why can’t they just do the check boxes like we have????? uuurrrggghhhhh….

    I’m not a procrastinator. Stuff just drives me crazy enough to want to move on.

    Have a great weekend!

  13. I guess I’m kinda middle-of-the-road…sometimes I procrastinate on things I dread doing but not too often.

  14. Overall I’m not really a procrastinater unless it’s for something I really, really hate to do like ironing which I just refuse to do. Not sure if that’s procrastination or just plain digging in my heels and not doing it ever Lol!

    have a great weekend!

  15. I am a semi-procrastinator… I get things organized and done…to a point, but then I always seem to let the finishing touches go right down to the wire…

    I feel your basement pain. My parents house was built at the turn of the century (ie 1900, not 2000 ;-)) over an underground stream… things get dicey down there fairly regularly! There are times during the January thaw and Spring where my dad has 2-3 extra sump pumps, in addition to the one already in basement floor, running to keep up!

  16. There was a time when I was the complete opposite of a procrastinator, but the older I get, the more I think things are less important, and thus, I put them off.

  17. I have learned the hard way not to procrastinate. My husband, however, is a master procrastinator. It’s not pretty when we work together on something…

  18. I am a total procrastinator! Despite my New Year’s Resolution of this being the Year of Do, I’ve gotten not too much done 🙁

  19. Oh baby! I am really good about putting those chores that I label “The good, the bad or the ugly” off until another day.

    I believe Erma Bombeck said it truly “Housework is a treadmill from futility to oblivion with stop offs at tedium and counter productivity”


  20. I do procrastinating myself when I get frustrated to the things I want. Procrastination is normal but too much is not good. 🙂

  21. I have a feeling if you clean up the water damage in the basement? you will get ride of the sinus crap. sorry I didn’t read earlier, was procrastinating.