A to Z Theme 2016
For my 2016 A to Z theme I used a meme that I ran across on the blog of Bridget Straub who first saw it on the blog of Paula Acton. This meme is a natural for me to use on my memoir blog. It's an A to Z concept and it's about me. No research and nothing complicated. I'm given twenty six questions or topics to discuss that are about me.In April I kept my posts short and uncomplicated. In the midst of it all you might learn a few things about me that you didn't previously know.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Worst Habit (#atozchallenge)
I've got a few bad habits. Sadly, most are bad habits that I've had all or most of my life. Bad habits are often hard to break. If breaking bad habits were easy then I'd likely not have them. Why keep bad habits if I don't have to keep them?
One of my most annoying and self-defeating habits is procrastination. I am continually getting distracted from the important life missions that face me. Some of those things have never gotten done and faded into the realm of lost opportunities, chances I'll likely never have again. So many times I'll find something to do other than what I should be doing.
When I was a kid in school and later an adult in college, I'd put off doing homework, projects, or other things I was assigned. There were books that never actually got read. Papers done shoddily. Tests not prepared for adequately. Fortunately I was blessed with a certain gift of intelligence and ability to fake my way through the things I needed to do. I managed, but didn't excel like I might have if I had put an honest effort into my work.
I'm not sure how the bad habit of procrastination enters into our lives. I know I'm not the only one who does this because others have told me they do it too. I've seen others put things off resulting in detrimental stress as they fret to finish their work or face the negative result of not finishing. The act of waiting until the last minute can result in subpar work. Or there can be the personal dissatisfaction of not having done the job they could have done if they had tried harder.
I want to be better. Maybe someday I'll try harder not to be a procrastinator. Someday.
Do you tend to put off starting things or finishing what you have started? What would you say is your worst habit? How has that bad habit affected you in your life?