Let’s dive right into some of the most common procrastination excuses I hear – and well, also excuses that I make myself!
“I Don’t Really Need To Do It Right Now … “
The grand daddy of all procrastination excuses. So seductive, because there is a little truth to it. We don’t have to do it, although we may suffer a bit down the road. That’s just a risk we take…right?
When we make this excuse, what we’re really saying is - “I don’t want to do this, and I’m secretly hoping that it’ll either go away, or I’ll eventually feel motivated to actually do it.” Many of us use this excuse knowing full well we’re procrastinating – waiting for that excitement and adrenaline rush that’ll push us through that all-nighter, and “successfully” finish on time. Other common phrasings include “There’s plenty of time” and “I can always do it tomorrow.”
“I’ll Start After …”
Sound familiar? I know I’ve been there. Some of my favorite examples of this excuse include “I’ll start…” -
- … right after I do the dishes
- … right after I clean my desk
- … right after I make one last phone call
This is procrastination, plain and simple – we don’t want to do the difficult tasks that we really should be doing, and we put things off by making excuses and doing “just on more thing.” Surprise, surprise – for me, that “one more thing” often ends up being one of my little procrastination hangnails.
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