Living with....Procrastination - The M Word

Living with….Procrastination

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I am a determined person, I like to think I am organised and I am happiest when I have a project to work on whether it’s writing, art/craft-related or something in the house. The problem is I suffer from a terrible affliction…. procrastination.

I know we are all guilty of putting things off but Jesus, I am getting worse by the day. To put this in perspective; right now I have three articles (with deadlines) to write, a sink full of dishes, a laundry pile that is more like a carpet and a long list of things I ‘must do’ or ‘keep meaning to do.’ The problem is there are often things that are far more appealing.

The articles for example; instead of writing them, I am here writing about the fact that I’m putting them off. Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this!

Mark Twain said that we should ‘eat the frog,’ meaning we should do things we don’t want to do first and everything else won’t seem so bad which is fine, except sometimes I can’t be arsed doing any of it. It seems my procrastination is directly linked to how lazy I am on any given day.

There are days where I’m very productive and get through my to do list, but then I have days where I spend the entire day thinking and talking about all the stuff I have to do but actually getting nothing done.

The latter usually end with me kicking myself and giving myself a talking to for the following day.

I used to be organised and productive but apparently children bring chaos and my three little beauties have resulted in my motivation and productivity going right out the window. I hold out hope that at some stage the situation will reverse.

In any case, procrastinating or not, I manage to end every day with everyone still alive, fed and reasonably happy (with the exception of the occasional grumblings of my 11 year old) so I call that a success! Maybe tomorrow I’ll get the laundry, dishes and articles done…. maybe!

Jenny Sherlock
Jenny Sherlock
Jenny Sherlock is a working mum of three who blogs regularly at where she gives an honest account of the rollercoaster that is parenting. She is a writer who loves art, reading, music, good food and of course a cheeky glass of Prosecco when the opportunity presents itself!