National Procrastination Week?
Procrastinate: To put off or delay until a later day or time; waste time; putter around; dawdle; goldbrick; boondoggle; dilly-dally; horse around; lollygag; goof off, etc.—NationalDayCalendar.com writing about National Procrastination Week.
Did you know there’s actually a National Procrastination Week? According to NationalDayCalendar.com, “the first two weeks in March, or when it’s convenient, is National Procrastination Week. Sometimes it gets pushed back on the calendar. The goal for the week is to celebrate the act of procrastinating by leaving necessary tasks to be done at a later time. There are other purposes for the holiday.
“One claim is that the week of putting-off provides a mental and emotional break causing a decrease in stress and anxiety. However, the holiday does not advocate sloth, laziness or inaction. Instead, it emphasizes accomplishing tasks, and leisurely activities that could not be completed while one had other responsibilities. These may include reading, cooking, cleaning, and exercising.”
Five Ways To Avoid Procrastination
1. Find the answer to ‘What’s In It For Me.”
2. Chunk your time—set a timer.
3. Watch out for time gobblers—internet, email, TV, phone, socializing, unimportant notices and forwards.
4. Delegate when the task is not part of your priority.
5. Make it fun by rewarding yourself.
Finally, here is a memorable and somewhat uplifting cinematic example of putting off today what you can do tomorrow. From “Gone With the Wind,” Scarlett O’Hara’s rationalization of “not thinking about that now.”