Procrastination? Really, we are just afraid of hard work

I’ve been meaning to publish a blog post for a while but just haven’t got around to doing it. I’ve realized that I will be extremely excited to write a blog post when I have to work on my thesis. I think I get this from my mom. Or it’s just a human condition to always put off what you are supposed to do.

If my mom has to clean the inside of the house, she will always be in the garden burning grass and branches that she cut off. If she has to cook dinner for us, she will run off to work at our restaurant. If she has to go to work, she will stay at home making dishwashing liquid out of lemons and something else. Which ended up in a small explosion in our garage, by the way. But I’m sure my mom’s not the only one who does this.

When I have to work on my thesis, I will run off to work or write a blog or create a website. Then comes a point when I give up on all of this and binge on tv series (obviously the most unhealthy habit of all).

I think the word I’m looking for is procrastination. There is something in our subconscious that absolutely forbids us to follow our daily work plan. It’s always the something we plan to do that we never end up doing. Or perhaps we are just afraid of hard work. If we plan something, we know how much work must go into it – so we try to delay it as much as we can. In contrast, when we don’t know how much work goes into it and plunge headfirst, we can accomplish more because we no longer sit there thinking and planning, we are just doing.

Maybe that is the condition that procrastinators suffer from – thinking. We think too much about the task instead of just doing the task. Obviously thinking is important – don’t jump off a bridge without thinking if it’s high enough (in no way promoting suicide!). But instead of always thinking about how much work or the kind of work that the task requires, just do what you are supposed to do instead. More action, less planning.

By the way, this post was supposed to be about my Europe trip.

One thought on “Procrastination? Really, we are just afraid of hard work

  1. This remains among my favourite stories/anecdotes:

    “If she has to go to work, she will stay at home making dishwashing liquid out of lemons and something else. Which ended up in a small explosion in our garage, by the way. But I’m sure my mom’s not the only one who does this.”

    Please post pictures of your Europe trip.

    Like

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