Procrastination is a Verb

Procrastination is a Verb

Procrastination is a verb, in case you didn't know.

It is, and today's note is about one of our most self-destructive habits. It can be summed up in a single phrase: PROCRASTINATION

Even writing the term, seeing it on paper, and having the image of it in my head gives me stomach pain. Many people delay... I know I have done so in the past and continue to do it now and then. I don't believe I've ever met someone who hasn't been a victim of this personal crime against humanity at some point in their lives.

However, when you think about it, procrastination is a verb.

Why? Because to do nothing, you must first do something. I know it seems odd, but it's true when you think about it! Never get me wrong: procrastination is a common human problem, and you and I aren't alone in this. It's worse than the virus because, unlike the flu, procrastination can become a lifetime habit.

Isn't the word PROCRASTINATING a funny one?

'Pro' is a prefix that denotes 'active.' Take a look at some of the other terms with the same prefix.

 Procreate, Protect, Probation, Proceed, to the procession and proclaim the Prolific Procure, Production .Why do I provide a list like this?

Because the word procrastinates starts with the prefix 'pro,' which is most commonly seen in action and activity nouns like those mentioned above.

This means that if we want to procrastinate, we have to ACTIVELY MAKE IT HAPPEN!

We normally think of procrastination as an act of doing nothing, being sluggish, and being led by fear, but the idea here is that you ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN PROCRASTINATION.

That's exactly... you're actively engaging in doing nothing, inventing fantastic reasons, and elegantly explaining why things aren't the way you want them to be or why you can't change them. Preparation necessitates time, energy, and effort.

The word 'procrastinate' is a verb.

If you're going to devote that much time, energy, and effort to doing nothing, don't you think you should put that same time, effort, and energy into something more useful?

So, while many of us think of procrastination as a synonym for laziness, 'doing nothing,' or 'putting things off,'

The word 'procrastinate' is a verb.

Isn't it true that putting things off, making excuses, and all that stuff costs time, energy, and effort? Sure, consider how much mental energy you're expending right now on devising those novel methods to accomplish nothing!

The word 'procrastinate' is a verb.

So many of us are terrible procrastinators... we are.

Those who 'get what they desire' are those who see that the flip side of procrastination shows another crucial word: PERSISTENCE.

You may either be a persistent procrastinator or a persistent doer of the right things... but that's a different matter entirely. You can be persistent and nothing will happen... It all relies on what you're persistently doing or being.

Even though you have explanations, justifications, and excuses, you still have a choice to procrastinate or not.

The word 'procrastinate' is a verb.

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About the Author: Emmanuel Adejugbe, Ph.D., in View, is an author, motivational speaker, educator, and life coach.

He has a Master's Degree, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education. Lectures  currently at Epignosis College.

He has published several motivational books on Amazon as a scholar and practitioner. His publications helped him to fulfill his life's mission to teach, mentor, write and inspire others.

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