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  • Gareth Ellis

Blogmas 2017 Day 5 – Procrastination or organisation?

Procrastination. The thing that harms my life the most and is the reason I do hours’ worth of housework/shopping/work in half an hour.

It’s something that’s always affected me. Sometimes I just want to relax while J is out of the house so I sit and chill until she texts me she’s coming home and then I hurriedly do all the jobs I said I’d do.

Sometimes, like when I’m working, I need to wait a while to be inspired before I crack through a load of work – that’s how I’m most effective.

Other times I leave my shopping to the last minute so I have to rapidly race round the shops and buy everything at once – I call that Christmas.

But why do we procrastinate? Is it laziness, or are we automatically tuned to thrive on fear. Do we need to feel like we’re really up against it so we know how much we can do when our backs are against the wall?

Honestly, I think it’s a mix of things. Like I said it depends on the situation, so I can sometimes just want to relax, or I might need some inspiration, sometimes though I’m so overwhelmed with something that I just can’t bring myself to do it – I literally don’t know where to start.

Take today for example, I couldn’t think of a good idea for my Blogmas so instead I tidied, I cleaned the bathroom, I ironed, I showered and I did a host of other things when I really should have been writing. And not just one, I need to get ahead and write a few so I have them in the bank.

Instead here I am at 7pm (at the time of writing) after a lunch and a good time with friends writing a blog that I should have had written already so I only had to upload it. Please note I didn’t do all of those things and not write a blog on purpose because I was writing about procrastination.

Everyone is guilty of it though. Sometimes I think you need to switch your brain off for a while and take stock of things before you get going. People can’t be ‘on it’ all the time, it’s just too exhausting.

That’s why people are always so exhausted over Christmas time, they’re trying to remember all the presents they need to get, as well as organising when they will see people and fit in work as well.

So if you see me looking tired any time soon it’s not because of lack of sleep, it’s because I’m super organised – honest.

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