Dear Procrastinator

Thursday, May 7, 2015


Dear Procrastinator,


I'm bringing forward some concerns that us outsiders have about your endearingly funny yet totally unhealthy habit of procrastination. While I know that you have an answer for every question resembling, "why did you wait so long?", but those of us who have our crap together on a daily basis, don't buy those excuses. While you may think your procrastination only effects you and your time/energy, I would like you to know that it does not. Allow me to shed some light on the way it actually negatively effect every person around you.

Obviously procrastinating results most times in a rush on your part at the very last minute. It breeds frustration, which then cultivates into blame. When you are rushing around trying to accomplish something at the last minute, you begin to get mad about how long it's taking and how it's not going the way you imagined. Once your mad, you start looking for someone to point fingers at, someone who will take the hit as to why your day is so frustrating. Whether it be looking for that missing sock, or running late to work. It's either your wife's fault for not having them clean and in the drawer or some other drivers inabilities. When in reality, it's your fault. 

"The Soul of the sluggard craves and get nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.  Proverbs 13:4"

Instead the people around you take the hits of your frustration. They are made to feel incompetent and selfish that they should inconvenience little ole you. While you may not mean to come across this way, when you call speaking in hurried annoyed tones, you make others around you feel as though they are the source of your life irritation. The truth? YOU are the source. You allow yourself to be in situations that are quite frankly, sucky! You force yourself to be rushed and hurried. You make yourself up to be an unhappy, angry person in the eyes of those around you as your children watch you waller in your annoyance, everyday.

"Everyday? No, I'm not like that everyday!"

Yes, yes you are. Everyday you put things off. You don't do things when they are asked of you. You do not make your own life easier. 

The ultimate result?

People stop looking to you for help. Those around you start compensating for things that would otherwise fall to you to manage, because they feel as though, while you may get them done, your frustration while doing it, isn't worth the help. 

Whether you are the procrastinating co worker, friend, business partner, mother, wife, husband, whoever, this is not a personal attack on you. This is an attack on the beast that is procrastination. This is a letter of love to let you know, that we accept you for who you are, but procrastination is not a part of it. It's a habit. A habit that those around you are greatly affected by, and would love to help you break. The theory is that it takes 21 days to make a new behavior a habit. If we start now, you could be procrastination free by the end of the month! The key is starting now (which I know is tough for those of you ;) ). Make it a goal, to do things at the right times for 21 days, and see how your life and attitude is beautified by this change. This is your duty. This is your part in society. This is your responsibility. 
"To another he said, "Follow me. " But he said, "Lord, let me first go and bury my father." and Jesus said to him, "Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God." Yet another said, "I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home." Jesus said to him, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God." " Luke 9:59-62
It is that important.



Respectfully,

Us

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