Type A Procrastinator

The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.”

Simple quote that stirs up questions in my mind. Can I read books for the rest of my life? Study my Bible? Feed my brain with new information from YouTube? Travel the world? Learn for fun? This list describes how I spend my time procrastinating the things I should be doing.

Today’s task list glared at me from the laptop screen: unpack from Puerto Vallarta, schedule kids’ physicals, deadhead geraniums, hit the gym, organize the whole house, alphabetize books on organization and procrastination, grocery shop, cook for the month, reduce the national debt. If your task list reads like mine, it couldn’t be accomplished in a President’s term much less crossed off in a day!

After reviewing the looming list, predictably, I spent my morning in bed procrastinating everything before me. Alongside my kids. We read books, studied the Bible and, yes, fed our brains with YouTube videos.  It’s our version of a lazy, summer home school morning. We read about Samuel Champlain and his diligence to settle in Quebec, Canada with his fellow Frenchmen. We raced against each other looking up our memorized Bible verses among the 66 God inspired books. After reading about how spiders hunt their prey, we searched YouTube to discover a spider spinning a web to catch his prey and survive another day. Then we did some mental math calculations, read about the fall of the Phoenicians, and reviewed the different types of land and water forms that we will no doubt see firsthand on our cruise next month.

When I declared to a friend that I was going to home school my two youngest kids beginning after spring break, her response was, “A-type personalities have a hard time homeschooling because you’re list makers and homeschooling requires flexibility.” She knows me well. I am a type-A list maker. I measure my productivity by crossing tasks and errands off my list.

What she doesn’t know about me is that I’m also a bona fide procrastinator, a trait I’ve never bragged about. For the first time in my life, I consider it a positive attribute. Procrastination might be God’s way of keeping me focused on His list, the work that I should be doing.


9 thoughts on “Type A Procrastinator

  1. “Never”! Now I see what you mean about that being a positive for you now, Natalie.
    I enjoyed reading your blog and how God is taking through the valley in order to reach the next peak 🙂 He is faithful and for whatever reason for you and your family going through this I know God will see you through each step (keep writing all those ways down) and He will be glorified!!!
    Love y’all,

  2. I never thought it would be positive, but I definitely agree about what we do while we are procrastinating is probably what we should be doing. Those things are no doubt are passions in life, and the things we come back to over and over. They are our comfort zone, what we feel strongly about. Ceil always knows I’m upset about something when I start cleaning the house or rearranging things. Same with gardening, piano, and music. My four passions, I guess you could say. I also like helping people discover their own gifts and how to use them for God. But I would not say that is an actual passion. Thanks for getting the ideas flowing on procrastination! Mike E.

  3. Beautiful, going to steal the quote. Do you know where it came from so I can give proper credit, or is it yours? It says a lot and is true but very hard to do in this world the way we are programed by our environment.

    • John, sorry for the late response. WordPress was persnickety about me approving your comment. The quote is not mine. I’m not that original. I’ve seen it in several places on the internet and, in lieu of misquoting, chose not to cite anyone. Forgive me if that’s incorrect. I don’t recall my English teacher’s instruction! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  4. Oh Natalie, I so love this entry. I had not heard that quote before. Deadheading flowers, weeding, vacuuming, and taking hundreds of pictures~ my procrastinations, I also am obsessed with combining my lists, I think I have OCD. I also love to feed the geese on the base’s lake. I am certain I am momma to one, named “Underbite”, he is a jewel, and runs to me…best as a Canadian goose can! No one believed me, so I brought my children and my skeptical hubby, I even had the mom-in-law down for an introduction. I should have taken pictures of their faces! Keep writing Natalie! Trish

  5. I was wondering if you ever thought of changing the layout of your blog?

    Its very well written; I love what youve got to say.
    But maybe you could a little more in the way of content
    so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of
    text for only having one or two images. Maybe you could space it out better?

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