Monday, May 1, 2017

P would be for Procrastination.

I could have done the A-Z challenge. Starting with A for Alzheimers (you can check out my last post. Grandma's doing good, we visited her again) and ending with Z for  "Zip it!" which I'm planning for my next post (when I get to it).
However, as the title suggests, I would have never made it in time for the challenge.

My name is Baiba, and I'm a professional procrastinator.

No matter what I have to do, whether it's homework, job, housework or a simple task, such as brushing my teeth or going to bed in time, I will always do everything in the last minute. 
A simple example - I need to submit a translation of an episode due tomorrow. It's 8pm and instead of translating, I'm writing this post. But don't worry, I'll get to it. Occasionally. 

One question always comes to mind - WHY AM I LIKE THIS?! 
I'm pretty sure I've NEVER submitted anything way before the deadline. And for some weird reason I've noticed I work better under pressure. It also means I live in constant stress. Which I shouldn't do to myself, yet here I am. Procrastinating. 24/7. It's like I have this little monster inside me that sleeps all the time and wakes up only when its the last minute of something and I have to gather all my strength and focus for the task. Don't get me wrong, I'm not sloppy with my work. I always do everything well and precise, just under a lot of stress. But somehow it works for me.
We had 4 months to work on our Bachelor thesis. The draft was due April 20. All my friends were posting pictures of them working on it already in February, March... I started writing mine on April 18. I wrote all 46 pages in 2 days. Of course it's not perfect and I still have some improvements to make, however, it is just as good as those who people worked on for months. 

So I'm not really sure whether or not I should do something about this bad "habit" of mine. I know it's awful what I'm doing to myself, however, my whole life it has worked for me.
It's not like I'm proud of it. But I also can't help it. Well... I'm sure I could, just not today.
 Take care,

P.S. Any fellow procrastinators out there? How do you people do things on time!?!?


  1. Dear Baiba, when I worked as an editor and curriculum developer (for some 30 years), I was just like you. I never started any project until I knew that the deadline was looming and I had Just-Enough-Time to complete the work. When I first got the project assignment I'd figure out how long it would take to do and then that many days before the deadline, I'd start.

    Like you, I was aware of the stress, but I seemed to need the pressure to produce my best work.

    Fortunately, I'm retired now, but I still clean the house only hours, not days, before the company comes! Maybe it's "once a procrastinator, always a procrastinator!" Peace.

  2. I'm sure you're in good company as a procrastinator. I prefer to finish my work as quickly as possible.


  3. Baiba, I am a procrastinator... I wish I wasn't but like you I tend to work better under pressure which is silly but I always wait until the last moment... xox

    Thank you leaving a comment on my blog, I appreciate it... I have been in a lot of pain and couldn't blog at all.. my doctor prescribed me a pill and I am starting to feel much better... I am finally up to writing and getting caught up with my blogs xox