Secrets of Adulthood #3

KEEPING UP IS EASIER THAN CATCHING UP

This secret is rather straightforward, still it has taken me 20 years to acknowledge. I am the master of procrastination. I am the person who does not pay bills until the day of, who does not turn in written assignments until last minute, who does not do laundry until I have nothing left to wear, who does not tidy my room until it is entirely unaccessible (or my mother tells me I cannot go out before I do so…) however I am also a perfectionist and the person who stress over every insignificant detail of inexactness and it haunts me right up until the obligation is met and the world is back in order. Quite the paradox, I am aware. I read a book a few weeks back called Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin and this was when I first encountered the secret of “Keeping up is easier than catching up” it is so obvious yet so challenging to enforce. However since becoming aware of this truth, I have started monitoring myself and every time I catch myself thinking “I’ll do it later/tomorrow/next week/when it gets warmer/when I have more time/when I have more money” I recite: “Keeping up is easier than catching up” and it has proven exceptionally effective although seemingly simple. Now I accomplish whatever is expected of me right there upon request and as a result I have been relieved of the stress related to the perpetual perception of obligation caused by procrastination.

This reminds me of  a quote by Dr. Seuss that I have always liked:

“Sometimes the questions are complicated but the answers are simple”

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