Slackers Unite

Hey, finally another chapter of Best Impressions… you may have noticed that I haven’t done one for two weeks… I’ve had writers block, I guess… or would you believe I’ve been preparing this story for the second week of March — National Procrastination Week!

Well, the second reason is my story and I’m sticking to it!

I found the statistic that 95 percent of Americans procrastinate regularly, while 15 percent to 20 percent procrastinate to the point of making it an art form (I know it adds up to over 100% – don’t ask me, I don’t do statistics….) There are three basic types of procrastinators according to Dr. Joseph R. Ferrari from DePaul University:

  • Arousal or thrill-seekers wait to the last minute for the euphoric rush.
  • Avoiders, for fear of failure or fear of success, this type is very concerned with what others think of them; they would rather have others think they lack effort than ability.
  • Decisional procrastinators cannot make a decision. Not making a decision absolves procrastinators of responsibility for the outcome of events; little do they realize no decision is still a decision.

I have to admit I’ve been guilty of all three, at one time or another. Even though, Best Impression’s “lateness” could be procrastination — it is also about unscheduled stuff taking up my weeks before my trip to Philadelphia. Since I had nothing but time on my flight, I decided to schedule the unscheduled stuff… I had no idea as I started to write out details of each day, how much unscheduled stuff fills the hours.

Schedule the unscheduled

I think most of us have a way of ignoring how much time unscheduled stuff really takes. See for yourself. Write down un-commitments each day as you do them. These are the ways time disappears that are not commitments; e.g., cleaning the bathroom, emails or calls to friends and family, meals, walking your dog and such. 

As you add your unscheduled stuff to your calendar, remember, this is not a list of what you should do. It is adding the things that you don’t normally think about taking time during the day.  All this unscheduled stuff is/can be important. Adding these to your calendar is not about not making time for relaxation. It’s about getting a more realistic view of how much time you have to work on your commitments.

You may be surprised as I was, there are not too many blank spaces left on the calendar after the unscheduled stuff is scheduled.

Have a great day whatever your adventure

To Success! To Life!



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