I don't like that saying. I'm not a last-minute person.
Oh, maybe I was in high school, eons ago.
But when I got older I found what does and does not work for me. And procrastinating definitely does not work.
Here's my problem with putting things off:
- You think about how IT has to get done and IT hangs over your head.
- You can't really enjoy the things you're doing right now because you keep thinking about the IT you still haven't done.
- Then, when you finally get to IT, you feel under the gun.
- You don't really have time to get IT done in an excellent way.
- You lose respect for yourself because you did a half-baked job of IT.
- You wish you'd started IT earlier.
- You're exhausted and stressed because you didn't pace yourself to get IT done.
My son says he loves to do things at the last minute. Says he thinks well under pressure. That's fine for him; he's got a brain that works at warp speed.
As for me, I'm no Speedy Gonzales. So I've learned to be a plodder. I love to work steadily toward a goal. No pressure, no pushing, no reminders. Plodding keeps me emotionally healthy. . . kind of.
Which are you: a plodder or procrastinator? Why?