Procrastination Soup: When Putting Stuff Off Feels Like a Virtue

The aroma of homemade vegetable soup wafts from the kitchen to the office as I sit here and write. It’s a cold winter day, and I set time aside this morning to make something nutritious and wholesome. Good of me, wasn’t it? Not really.

Procrastination can take many forms, and it’s important to watch for that.

When you say yes to something, you automatically say no to something else. This morning, as I chopped all the vegetables to make this wonderful soup, I chose not to do other work that is admittedly much more pressing.

Virtuous procrastination has taken a very strange form for me lately.

I have become the domestic goddess of putting stuff off. As I face a deadline to finishing a book that is, by the way, practically almost done, my urge to make comfort foods gets stronger.

I make homemade soups, stews, sweet breads, cakes, and cookies. I make elaborately designed salads. I’ve got a following now and people seriously love my stuff.

But I should be writing!

People don’t love me when I write, probably because no lunches, dinners, or desserts are produced in the process. When I do what I’m supposed to do, I hole up in my office and don’t come out for hours.

See the problem here? No soup. No warm kitchen. No praises. Just work, and lots of it.

But I need to finish the projects that are important to me.

Monitor your own behavior. Do you procrasti-work in some way? Are you terribly productive at answering emails, for example, but ignore your important projects?

Procrastination takes on many different behaviors.

Procrastination is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It’ll appear disguised as a suddenly important project, and it’ll consume you to the point where you wander around wondering what happened.

When you recognize what forms of procrastination are sabotaging your life, you can wrestle them under control.

And now it’s time for me to go eat some of that soup…

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