Monday, May 2, 2011

Say the word

. . . and you'll be free
Say the word and be like me
Say the word I'm thinking of
Have you heard the word is . . .

procrastination! Dear readers think I am procrastinating?!

Nancy Crow uses that word often. When we are slow to get anything up on the design wall. When we take frequent breaks. When we reach for that comforting piece of chocolate once again. When we've little to show since our last workshop. When we let life get in the way of art and quilting.

What is the definition of procrastination? According to Piers Steel, PhD the author of The Procastination Equation: to voluntarily delay an intended course of action despite expecting to be worse-off for the delay.

Do I procrastinate? Yes. 95% do to some extent. 15 to 20% consistently and problematically. That last certainly doesn't apply to me. Nope!

Why do I procrastinate? According to his TMT (Temporal Motivation Theory) of procrastination: motivation = expectancy x value / impulsiveness x delay. So what does that mean?

You're more likely to procrastinate when you are less proficient; when the task is more unpleasant or you have less need for achievement; when you are more distractible, impulsive or have less self control; and when the goal is in the distant future. One definite Yes. Two Maybes. One No.

Steel offers two quizzes to determine your procrastination profile. Complete with tips to tame it. How helpful! I'll take the quiz tomorrow.

Procrastinate now, don’t put it off. - Ellen DeGeneres


  1. OMG the class is hard; talk about trips to the chocolate bowl. I think I made three just today!!! Three people in crocodile tears and the rest with deer in the headlights looks.... I'm in way over my head. Wish you were here. A

  2. Not sure if procrastination is all that bad. Gives you time to think about your alternatinves, your choices... and at least you have not given up (I like the quote).

    Wish I was at the Barn... Annette is there, so is Robin and I know that Helen, Aryana and you are going... feeling left out. On the other hand... I am not in tears. :)