“Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.” ~William James
It’s April 7th and here in the US, we are required to file taxes every year on April 15th (it’s the 18th this year, however). This is not new information. Every working (and non-working!) adult needs to go through this process. Yet I continually wait until the last minute to get them done, and as the date nears I get increasingly more anxious, knowing the amount of time it will take to pull all the paperwork together. And still I wait.
This past weekend I drew a line in the sand committing to start the paperwork process, and quickly got derailed into any number of actions, including spring cleaning my guest room. Why do I do this to myself? I figure it’s because I don’t want to face my financial reality, knowing I’ll probably owe Uncle Sam some amount I really don’t want to pay. The rub is I will still have to pay it, and now I’ve the added stress of time pressure to get it all done. Alas, yesterday I sat myself down and completed my task–4 hours is all it took.
I share this because it got me thinking about where else in my life I procrastinate and cause myself unneccesary pressure. How does procrastination show up in my life? How is it holding me back from fulfilling my dreams? What is procratination costing me? The answers will most probably be a topic for a future blog post 🙂 In the meantime, if this or some other behavior is showing up in your life, I challenge you to look at it square in the face and ask yourself “What is it costing you?” “How is it keeping you from living your dream life?”