I am not a true procrastinator. Most of the time I keep ahead of deadlines and I like to get the yucky projects done first.
Most of the time. (That phrase is key.)
I have developed a few tips on how to legitimately procrastinate because it makes sense (sort of). Here are my excuses. Feel free to use them.
The “I’ll clean up my desk first so there isn’t so much clutter.” This works best to procrastinate tax returns. You will have little slips of paper all over your desk and you don’t want your 20% off coupons filed in with your taxes. Or even worse, those little post-it’s with blog ideas. *shudder*
“As soon as the litter is cleaned” is a good one. Of course not everyone can use this. First you need cats. If you have cats (one will do) you are gold. They always poop. Part of cleaning the litter is taking inventory of your cats; making sure everyone is happy; and taking time to bond. This activity could take hours (just saying).
“It needs more research” is another good reason to put off a decision. I use that mainly for cars, cell phones and things I really don’t like to buy.
When it comes to clothes, jewelry or shoes, “more research” means checking out websites (or stores) to make sure what I want isn’t available at a lower price. It’s a very dangerous activity because you end up with those free shipping offers (only free if it’s over a certain amount) and before you know you have surpassed the minimum three times over.
For outdoor projects, the weather is always a consideration. You can make any weather sound like the wrong weather. it just takes practice.
“It’s too nice to spend it digging the garden or cleaning leaves or…”
“I can’t clean the house when it rains. It’s too depressing!”
“It’s too cold (anything under 72 degrees can be considered too cold) to work outside.”
“It’s too hot (anything over 72 degrees can be considered too hot) to work outside.”
You get the picture. You don’t have to be a serial procrastinator to make things work for you but sometimes you do need to be creative – a little stretch here and a little stretch there.
It’s all good. I will resume researching cell phones….
Do you have any good excuses to share?