Archive | June 2011

Note to self…stop putting off for later what can be done today.

Are you a procrastinator?

In psychology, procrastination refers to the act of replacing high-priority actions with tasks of low-priority, and thus putting off important tasks to a later time. Some psychologists cite such behavior as a mechanism for coping with the anxiety associated with starting or completing any task or decision.[1] Other psychologists indicate that anxiety is just as likely to get people to start working early as late and the focus should be impulsiveness. That is, anxiety will cause people to delay only if they are impulsive.[2]

Schraw, Wadkins, and Olafson have proposed three criteria for a behavior to be classified as procrastination: it must be counterproductive, needless, and delaying.[3] Similarly, Steel (2007) reviews all previous attempts to define procrastination, indicating it is “to voluntarily delay an intended course of action despite expecting to be worse off for the delay.”[4]

Procrastination may result in stress, a sense of guilt and crisis, severe loss of personal productivity, as well as social disapproval for not meeting responsibilities or commitments. These feelings combined may promote further procrastination. While it is regarded as normal for people to procrastinate to some degree, it becomes a problem when it impedes normal functioning. Chronic procrastination may be a sign of an underlying psychological disorder.

Ten Things to Know About Procrastination.

http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200308/procrastination-ten-things-know

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See the forest and the trees……

Today as I was stretching and doing yoga in my back yard, I had a revelation. When I initially bought my home I loved the view from my back yard. I had so many plans for it. A deck, a hammock, a pond, rose bushes, and so many other things to enhance the natural beauty that already existed there. Unfortunately as time passed…work, school, life, and love distracted me from its natural beauty and I no longer appreciated its simplicity. The world is full of beautiful things that bring us peace, happiness, and an appreciation for nature. Take time to enjoy those simple things in life……see the forest and the trees