I have recently come to the conclusion that procrastination is not a nasty habit, but rather an art form carefully developed and cultivated over time. Although some people are born with a natural affinity for putting things off, it takes real time and dedication to shape yourself into a full-blown procrastinator. And truly, it takes a lot of creative energy to convince yourself that you’re being productive while simultaneously doing absolutely nothing of consequence.
Just a few examples of the excuses I myself have come up with to fool my brain (and my conscious) into believing I’m doing something useful:
1.) Sitting on the couch, watching mindless television with my husband = “quality time together”
2.) Rearranging the widgets on my iGoogle page = “organizing so I can find the things I need faster and save time”
3.) Mindlessly flipping back and forth between Myspace and Facebook, waiting for someone to show up and do something = “spending quality time with friends and family”
4.) Watching hours of the Food Network = “enhancing my culinary skills so that ‘someday’ I can host a grand dinner party and wow my friends”
5.) Blogging = “Networking”
You see? If you have a lot of things to do, lack the inclination to actually do them, and harbor just a hint of imagination, you too can become a master in the art of procrastination. Enjoy!