When procrastination is good and when it is awful
Note: I was inspired to write this by a very thorough post I read at Unclutterer .com, so if anything seems familiar, it may be because I picked something from there. I had no intention of plagiarise anything.
I have to admit it: procrastination is the bane of my existence. I do it on a daily basis and have been doing it for just about all of my 37 years (not from birth but certainly as soon as school startedâ€¦well, you get the idea!). I am a serial procrastinator: from deadlines to dishes, from bills to making the bed, I always leave things to do later.
That tends to leave me in some very tight spots. I am the queen of excuses: I will do it next week! Oh, can you manage without that? I am doing it, as we speak, on my computer! It makes for awful business practice. I donâ€™t think I ever lost a case because of it, because I am very lucky and I do look at stuff I have deadlines on. But I rely on the unreality of the big system â€“ the system I work in is very slow, takes forever, so my not doing things so fast does not show.Â
On the decluttering front, awful procrastination is when you set an urgent task, that you need to do NOW. A task of decluttering and organising bills, documents, birth certificates, passports, etc and a delay, a wrong declutter or a loss can be very bad and onerous on the money front. HoweverÂ you keep leaving that task until next weekend when you are freeâ€¦ BUT THE NEXT FREE WEEKEND NEVER COMES!!!Â
My procrastination on getting my office in some order made me lose bills and lose a payment that left me with a debt I could already be done with. I kept putting this task off due to perfectionism, I felt it was all or nothing and the task was avoided. Unfortunately procrastination involving decluttering and dealing with urgent paperwork is awful, because it can mean losing money and paying interest when you shouldnâ€™t have to.Â
So when you are dealing with decluttering that involves deadlines, things to do in your job, bills, recipes, paying taxes, donâ€™t procrastinate. At the very least do the task roughly, set priorities, but get the urgent done. Procrastination and time to think, can get you in trouble here.
There is also the good procrastination. I use it especially when dealing with sentimental items. Sometimes it is very easy to part with sentimental items. You stop, look at the thing and donâ€™t know why you kept it up to that point. At other times it is particularly hard to declutter a sentimental item. I have been having these problems with my cassette tapes. Even though I told Colleen and everyone I would be decluttering them soon, I am procrastinating their decluttering. Yes, they are here, I could already be done with them, but it still does not feel right to do it. I am mulling over what kind of memory box I am putting them in, how many I am going to keep, how I am going to fashion such a memory box,Â so it is a procrastination. However it is not bad for me. True, the cassette tapes are in a temporary place and I keep looking at them day in and day out, but it is not hurting me. It will not be a problem if I do it today or in a monthsâ€™ time. I decided I would do it and eventually I will. I
So, my point is, if it is not something urgent and that impacts on your daily living like I mentioned before, you can procrastinate on it for a while. It is good actually because you can decide more calmly and not regret whatever you do in the long run. And in the meantime declutter something else that is easy to deal with. Still making progress and you mull it over.
Today’s Mini Mission
Declutter something you have kept just because you have the room for it but donâ€™t love it or use it.
â€œIf we do not feel grateful for what we already have, what makes us think weâ€™d beÂ happy withÂ more?â€ â€” Unknown