Day 3024: Pro (and con)-crastination

These days, many people in therapy are talking about procrastination.

Without procrastination, I’ll tell you why: People feel guilt and shame about not getting more done during the coronavirus pandemic when “I had so much more time on my hands!”

I wish people would stop procrastinating letting go of guilt and shame about procrastination. Procrastination is NOT a sin. Procrastination occurs when you

  • have to do something you dislike doing,
  • are focusing on the prospect of failure,
  • don’t have the information or resources you need to complete the task, and/or
  • are not at your best and think you would do a better job if you waited until you felt better.

When you consider that, it’s amazing any of us are getting ANYTHING done.

I’m now procrastinating sharing something I just realized. I not only procrastinate, I also do the opposite of procrastination, which I’m calling concrastination.

What is concrastination? It’s the need to do something immediately, without putting it off to a better time. I concrastinate the following:

  • responding to emails, texts, and phone calls,
  • meeting people’s expressed needs,
  • trying to solve perceived problems,
  • exploring new ideas,
  • expressing my feelings, and
  • creating blog posts after I wake up, even if it’s in the middle of the night.

Do you see procrastination or concrastination in any of today’s images?

Here is PROCRASTINATION – The Musical by AVbyte:

I’m concrastinating asking for comments, below, and expressing thanks to all who help me create these daily blogs, including YOU!

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21 thoughts on “Day 3024: Pro (and con)-crastination

  1. I’ll get right to saying have a great Monday, Ann.

  2. I’ll read this sometime later!

  3. It does get a bad rap!

  4. puella33

    Sometimes, I do what I don’t feel like doing just to get it out of the way; It depends : have a nice day, Ann

  5. As soon as I started reading your thoughts about procrastination I dropped everything and went to the OED to see if “concrastination” was there. It’s not but it should be. What I did, find, though, is that it comes from the Latin for “tomorrow”, and that there’s a rare English word, “crastin”, that means “the day after tomorrow”.
    All this reminds me of an old SNL sketch my friends and I loved. It was a commercial for Einstein Express, for when a delivery absolutely positively has to be there the day before yesterday.

  6. the flowering trees and the dogs enjoying a playdate are what make me happy that I concrastinated and read your post without further delay!

  7. I couldn’t possibly procrastinate in telling you how much I love today’s images. They gave me a smile!

  8. At first, I misread that sign on the church as “How can God help us to use our painful experiences for blogging?”

    I am glad you are reading books again! Books and signs

  9. Won’t wait an extra minute to tell you how much I enjoyed today’s post, Ann. The images of those big homes bring back delightful memories of New England…💕

  10. Procrastination isn’t as negative as once though and you hace certainly demystified it.

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