I am a secret procrastinator. On the outside, it seems like I am always doing something – writing, starting a private practice, marketing, and working at the hospital. Forgot to mention driving back and forth from home to my daughter’s school, volleyball practice, spending time with friends, cooking, and attempting to work out. Then paying the bills, laundry, keeping the house clean enough for an escape route if necessary, finding time to call or email friends, and taking care of the dogs.
1.Part of the secret: classifying naps as meditation. I can meditate for 2 hours sometimes in an effort not to do some task I would prefer not to do.
2. Another part of the secret: writing a “to-do” list. Writing it out is something yet not actually completing the tasks. Plus, it makes me appear efficient and super busy while taking away the stress that I could be forgetting something. One of the items on the to-do list is “meditate.”
3. Research. In this day and age that means getting online. If I’m online, I should check in on Facebook to see what is going on (social connections are a good thing), LinkedIn, and Gmail to make sure there aren’t any important emails that require a response. LinkedIn is work, right?
4. Make a snack….this could be why I’m overweight. :(
Sometimes I wonder if procrastination is simply a way of my brain telling me that there is too much on my plate (literally and figuratively).
So today I am taking a deep breath, figuring out what needs to be done now and what can be postponed or delegated, and just getting it done. First item on the list: meditate.