Procrastination: The art of putting things off. I call it an "art" because it rears its ugly head in my life on a daily basis. Did you notice that I am writing this meme at 7:50 PM??? I rest my case.
1. Have you ever procrastinated about something that had life or death consequences?
My first thought was actually about someone else's story. I have a dear friend who put off seeing her doctor, for various procrastinating reasons, and now she is dying from bowel cancer - a disease that is easy to deal with if found early. If your body nags and niggles you... don't procrastinate.
2. What is the biggest area of procrastination in your life?
Oh glory! Only one? So I can't put in not doing snail mail until the snails win the race (is that why they call it 'post'?), or dusting, or putting away laundry? (hubby just dashed past folding pillow cases - has it reallt been a week since they were washed!) Only one? Okay... then it has to be showering in the morning.
My brain is it's sharpest in the morning and that's when I'm most likely to write. I'll get up, grab a cuppa, go right to paper or computer and start writing. I do know I should go shower first, but I always tell myself I'll just write that ONE page/post/reply, but ... I'll carry on writing! I haven't yet reached the stage of Michelangelo who went to bed in his boots and off to paint the next morning for months on end, but... (looks down at caftan and furry slippers and blushes)
3. If you are not a procrastinator, can you give advice to the rest of us who are?
Think less - just do it.
4. Can you think of a time when you wish you had procrastinated and NEVER done what you were waiting so long to do?
Ohhh yes! I wish I never said "Yes" to requests from people you don't know well. I do it every decade or so... say yes without looking closer at exactly what I'm agreeing to. When asked to do anything or sign anything... ALWAYS HESITATE. Take as long as you need. NEVER rush a decision to offer help until you are sure the person genuinely needs help and isn't either a scam or a parasite looking for a new host.
5. What are you procrastinating about right now?
My next blog post for BOOKS UNCAGED. I know what I want to put in it, I'm just struggling with putting it into the right words. First attempt sounded too silly, so I saved it in a draft... Now I'm hiding from it.
6. Is it really ever too late to turn back now?
I don't know. Ask Capt Jean-Luc Picard. He always knows...
7. What is the cure for your wicked lazy ways?
I'm thinking bribes... "Pay me to not procrastinate" - I love it! Yes, I can do this. :-) I can. Or gifts? I'll take gifts too... if they're nicely wrapped.