Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

Procrastination Emancipation


It's early January as I sit down to research and write this newsletter. I launch my web browser, surf over to MSN.com, surprised to find the feature article displaying a picture of Santa Claus with the caption "It's not too late to have your presents arrive on time." Somebody's been procrastinating - either Bill Gates or me (maybe I didn't refresh my browser). Or maybe my computer is trying to give me the hint to stop procrastinating and set about the task of writing this newsletter. Nah... Bill Gates must be the guilty one!

When it comes to procrastination, most of us are quick to acknowledge the problem and are s...l...o...w... to do something about it. I surf over to dictionary.com and look up the definition of procrastination, hoping it means something other than I'm lazy.

procrastinate:
v. intr.
To put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness.

v. tr.
To postpone or delay needlessly.

Hmmm... this is getting serious. I better stop shillyshallying and get some help. Didn't realize I was delaying needlessly.

Off I go in search of solutions to my problems. It doesn't matter that it's now lunch time - no point in delaying. Ignoring my grumbling stomach, I search relentlessly for the magic pill to make me stop procrastinating. You see, this isn't the first time I've procrastinated but I'm hoping it will be the last.

Three hours later, I'm a procrastination expert. My eyes are blurry, my head is spinning but I'm committed to a ten step program to stop procrastinating. I have been freed from oppression - I have broken the bonds and liberated myself from the control of procrastination.

I stand proudly at my desk and declare my Emancipation from Procrastination, freeing myself from the bonds of laziness.

I have a dream, that one day my habitual procrastination, as noted by my mother - whose voice comes back to haunt me with labels such as disorganized, scattered and lazy - will be transformed into an empowering situation where the endless to do lists and procrastination temptations will be forever banished to the annals of accomplishment. I have a dream today where I recognize that I walk not alone on this path to procrastination but am in fact in excellent company (see Bill Gates above).

This will be the day when I sing "My list, 'tis of thee, endless list that plagues me, of thee I sing. List of tasks I don't like to do, list of thorns in my side, from every desktop, let the work begin."

And if I'm to change the pattern of procrastination. this must become true.

After hours of research, I've finally understood that one of the big reasons I've been procrastinating is that I'm focusing only on finishing. So I'll begin to concentrate on starting. All I need to do is keep starting, and the finishing will take care of itself. Which brings me to another thing my mother used to say... but I think I'll leave that thought unfinished.

Energized and ready to tackle the daunting task of writing this month's newsletter, I'm excited to have broken free from the shackles of procrastination that bound me.

Free at last! free at last!... now if only I could find my pen.

Maybe I'll do this tomorrow....

(c) 2005 Deborah Carraro,

Deborah Carraro is the Founder and Owner of Vascorp VA Services. Vascorp VA Services is the virtual support specialty company for solo professionals and entrepreneurs. We work late so you don't have to! Vascorp brings you the very best in virtual assistant services: shopping cart integration, affiliate program management, web design,ebook design, desktop publishing, business consulting services and more! She publishes a monthly newsletter Vascorp VA Advantage. To subscribe or find out more, please visit http://www.vascorp.com/va.


MORE RESOURCES:

PsychCentral.com (blog)

5 Steps to Increase Motivation
PsychCentral.com (blog)
For many of my clients, they are referring to not having the motivation to perform basic life responsibilities such as paying bills, cleaning the house, making calls, and taking care of their health. When do they get motivated? When they are in the ...



USA TODAY

Netanyahu's real motivation: Column
USA TODAY
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu points at an exhibit in 2013 showing where Jews were killed in the Holocaust. (Photo: Janek Skarzynski, AFP/Getty Images). 137 CONNECT 3 TWEETLINKEDIN 20 COMMENTEMAILMORE. Just when it seemed that ...

and more »


Davisclipper

In This Together: Motivation from without and from within
Davisclipper
And you just started to think that money might be the only motivation for some. Not doing a good job for the personal satisfaction of it. Not helping someone with whatever it is they needed. Just getting the money. It is motivation. For some, it is a ...

and more »


VOXXI

5 Workouts to keep your fitness motivation going
VOXXI
February is over, but it doesn't mean that all your fitness motivation from the start of year has to sizzle away. Working out can be boring to some, and knowing it's gym day makes you cringe. SEE ALSO: Sofia Vergara: What do you do when you hate exercise?

and more »


Lincoln Journal Star

Local View: My motivation for seeking leave
Lincoln Journal Star
The Lincoln Journal Star editorial titled “Larrick Should Step Down” (2/23) makes some good points, but is also disappointing. Its theme is doing the “honorable” thing, but the editors never contacted me for my perspective before questioning my honor ...



Detroit Free Press

MSU's Dawson finds motivation in role as father
Detroit Free Press
EAST LANSING – Hard work, perspective, maturity — these are the standard reasons given for the basketball player Branden Dawson has become as a Michigan State senior. SpongeBob, crayons, dinners at Applebee's — they deserve some credit, too.

and more »


The motivation equation
Winnipeg Free Press
Are today's employees motivated by a one-time reward or bonus for good work? How long does the pleasant effect of an annual financial bonus last versus recognition in front of one's peers? Then again, are in-kind rewards, such as guest tickets at a ...



Israeli film provides ample 'Motivation' for enjoyment
Worcester Telegram
"Zero Motivation" is a quirky Israeli film about human bliss and misery that starts and ends with a bus ride. In between, it explores the fragile relationships among several female soldiers — as well as between them and their boss. They are all ...



Where there's a will there's a way: Enhancing motivation
Practical Ethics (blog)
There are at least two way we might understand motivation and, correspondingly, at least two ways in which it could be enhanced. The first we might call intrinsic motivation. Intrinsic motivation is the psychological mechanism (and accompanying ...



Port Huron Times Herald

Pawlak has extra motivation in Battle Creek
Port Huron Times Herald
“I was pretty upset when I lost my individual chances, but it does motivate me a lot. This is my last chance to prove myself to my team and everyone else. I'm not going to let them down.” As one of the state's best 152-pound wrestlers, Pawlak gives the ...


Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.