At one time or another, everyone procrastinates by putting things off. The reasons are part of being a human being who doesn’t want to do these things or because there are too many other more immediate things to do. Procrastination and perfectionism often go hand in hand.
There are many ways to avoid success in life. Procrastinators sabotage themselves by putting obstacles in their own path. Perfection only exists in the original moment, but they expect longer standing perfection from themselves and won’t accept the prospect that someone might think their results are not perfect.
Procrastinators distract themselves as a way of regulating their emotions such as
• Fear of failure
• Fear of success
• Fear of losing independence
• Fear of being alone in order to write
• Fear of judgments after writing to share creativity.
I fail at being a procrastinator. Sometimes I avoid a task only to discover the pain of the internal pressure causing anxiety is more troublesome than digging in and doing the job I don’t want to do. My favorite expression is “Just Do It!” Procrastinating is not worth the pain of a migraine headache.
Procrastinators can change their behavior. The path takes a willingness to concentrate a great deal of energy in one area to get the job done. Instead, they justify their lack of action saying they perform better under pressure, but in reality it is their way of justifying putting things off.
Writers procrastinate due to fears in the conscious or subconscious mind.
When discomfort and anxiety overwhelm a writer, the result is usually facing the fears by writing or by giving up. Writers block requires taking time away from the writing project to regroup for a fresh point of view. This does not have to be labeled procrastination because the creativity needs an uncluttered mind. If you are holding on to procrastinating and calling it writers block, it’s time to find a new creative outlet.
Procrastination can have external consequences such as losing driving privileges when the driver’s license is not renewed. Deadlines cause stress that cannot be lessened by ignoring them.
Procrastination can have internal consequences such as feeling discouraged and overburdened when too many projects remain uncompleted. Not dusting the furniture and washing the sinks, not going to the dry cleaners and grocery store, not paying the monthly bills, plus more, can move the scale of “I don’t care” to “Now I can’t deal with so many issues.” An accumulation of procrastination is a disruptive heavy burden to carry around.
The art of writing is the art of applying
the seat of the pants
to the seat of the chair.