Thursday, August 19, 2010
In Tuesday's Procrastinating 101 post, I related the thoughts of Marshall Cook about worrying and how it relates to procrastination. Worrying is something I excel at. (We all need to be good at something, right?) My therapist recently advised me to set aside a certain time for worrying, and when random anxious thoughts arise, to redirect them to the appointed hour. (Easy for her to say!)
But that got me thinking about why I don't seem to procrastinate about worrying. Why don't I arrange to put off until tomorrow what I could worry about today? And what other negative emotions and behaviors do I exempt from my tendency to postpone? What if I just didn't get around to getting irritated about other people's table manners? What if I couldn't make time for self-critical remarks? Maybe I could harness the power of procrastination for good. . . .