Procrastination – inherited?

Day 4 – March SOLSC

My slice is a little bit inspired from a blog post I read this morning – Stages of Procrastination.  And a little bit inspired by me avoiding all of the things I have to do today!

Hi my name is Jen and I’m a procrastinator.  I’ve been this way my whole life.  I have thoughts about ways to overcome this, but…

It’s all about motivation.  When I’m motivated, things get done.  Apparently, one sure fire way to motivate me is a DEADLINE.  They’re a “send me into full panic mode” type of motivation.  You would think if deadlines were the motivation tool, then I would just set my own deadlines before the actual deadline, right?  Yeah, wrong!  You see, that doesn’t work because I know if I set my own deadline, it is still before the actual deadline, and then I think “I have more time!”  It’s a vicious, vicious cycle.

I have wondered a whole lot about how I learned the act of procrastination.  All of my thoughts lead me to one person: My Dad.  I’m pretty sure it’s all his fault!  When I was younger I would watch him work and even got to help him with different projects.  He was the master of waiting until the last minute to get things done.  He’d stay up late working on budgets for the Fire Department the night before the big budget meeting.  Or he’d be working on a speech the night before he had to deliver it.  But no matter what the task was, he always completed it and it was amazing.

One time, I remember him coming home from work with a big box of envelopes and letters.  He asked me to help him fold and stuff the envelopes because he needed to get them to the post office by 5pm (it was 4:15pm when he walked through the door).  I remember looking at him and thinking “is he for real?  This is never happening!”  But, we got to work folding, stuffing, sealing – repeat.  When the last envelope was stuffed and sealed, we looked at each other and smiled.  I remember feeling so proud of what we were able to do in a short amount of time, under pressure.  I don’t remember exactly what he said, but I’m sure it was something along the lines of “it’ll always get done” or “I work better under pressure.”

Yup, I inherited his procrastination gene.  (I cherish everything I’ve inherited from him, even this).  I often say “it’ll always get done” and I totally work better under pressure – most of the time.  But, why do I do this to myself?!?  Wouldn’t it just be easier if I paced myself and did things little by little so they were done before a deadline?  I’m sure they would.  But what would be the fun of that?!?  I’m not a big risk taker – procrastinating gives me all the sense of thrill and panic that I need!

(I totally wrote this Slice instead of working on my Report cards.  They aren’t due until Wednesday anyway – I’ve got time!)



I’m participating in the March Slice of Life Story Challenge!  Thank you to the team of writers at Two Writing Teachers for this wonderful writing community.  A place for us to grow together as writers.  

4 thoughts on “Procrastination – inherited?

  1. I am an anti-procrastinator. I find we are a rare breed. I panic as soon as I know I have to do something and want to get it done right away so I don’t have to worry about it. I have met perhaps two other people like myself. Do you think procrastination can be learned as I would like to give it a try. 😁

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  2. This made me laugh out loud! Not sure which is worse … the procrastination gene or the I have to have it done yesterday gene! My husband and 10 year old daughter have the procrastination gene and I have the I have to have it done yesterday gene. Man do both cause stress! When you figure it out, let us know!

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  3. I procrastinate on a lot of things! Even though I’m Type A and you would think this goes against everything we are. I think the one time I didn’t procrastinate was in college. The assignment was a statistics project & that’s my favorite branch of math. And I would’ve rather have written a slice than fill out report card information.

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