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Wastin' Away in Procrastinationville

On our weekly podcast my co-host and I cover procrastination at least once a month. It’s a popular topic because everyone procrastinates about something—and maybe that’s not such a bad thing. In both of my books on organizing I suggest having a junk drawer for items you’re not sure what to do with. Once the drawer is full, dump it out and you’ll find many of the things saved didn’t require any action and are now obsolete. This is a small example of of how putting some tasks off pays off.

Hesitation may be our brain trying to tell us something. I just could not get started on an idea I had for a book and it turns out I really don’t want to write it. (It’s a good idea, but not so good that I want to spend three months writing it.)

The truth is procrastination is just another word for fear. What if I fail? What will people think? What if . . . ? Some of those fears may be well founded and maybe not all procrastination is bad. I would love to hear if you’ve ever put something off and in the end it was the right thing to do—or not do (if that makes sense).

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