Procrastination – the avoidance of doing something that needs to be done. We can all be procrastinators at times – doing homework on the bus to school; having to eat out of a pan because there are no clean plates; not broaching a really sensitive subject with somebody…we’ve all been there and unfortunately this can lead us to self-doubt, guilt and sometimes depression.
Some people say they perform better under pressure but that’s probably just an excuse to put things off – a perfectionist might think it better not to try than to try and fail, so they don’t bother. Or perhaps sorting out a messy place might prevent you from being creative – that’s a really good excuse; my old boss used to say I wouldn’t ever progress because my desk was too tidy and therefore I wasn’t busy enough.
Do any of these ring true with you:
If you find yourself doing any of the above then really, you are just procrastinating and the best way to avoid this is just grab the bull by the horns and make a start…baby steps.
Speaking of steps – Whitby Abbey has 199 leading up to it. Now, if you wanted to visit the Abbey you wouldn’t jump straight from 0-199, you’d go one at a time and that’s exactly what you need to do to get your house in order. Don’t look at the whole house and get overwhelmed, just pick a small space and take the first step.
Unfortunately, TV has recently depicted hoarding as something of an entertainment with programmes like “The Hoarder Next-door” and “Hoarders, Buried Alive” or “Obsessive Compulsive Hoarder”; shows that we watch and think crikey, I couldn’t live like that, my house is messy but nothing like that. However, people who suffer from a hoarding disease aren’t able to make those same choices that we can and the TV rarely gets behind the reasons for the hoarding. They may be suffering from the loss of someone dear to them, or be struggling with something bad that has happened to them in the past. They procrastinate over removing the items because of an emotional value that they have placed on them; to us it’s just rubbish, but to them it’s like a safety blanket that is very difficult to let go of.
So the next time you think, I can’t be bothered, I’ll do it later just remember “the best way to get something done is to begin”.