I’m good at procrastinating. I suppose I should start out with a general definition of the term. To procrastinate is to put things off. I’m not sure if there are other meanings or now, but it doesn’t look as though there are. The Encarta dictionary: English (North America) edition states that it means “to postpone doing something, especially as a regular practice.” It has a number of synonyms as well, such as put off, delay, postpone, adjourn, dally, drag your feet, hang fire, defer, and dawdle.
The paragraph above is an example of procrastination. It’s not listing my favorite ways to procrastinate, only defining the terms. It seems logical to define the term before listing my favorite ways to do it, but it really wasn’t necessary. Even if the word were not familiar to someone, my methods would likely be a clue as to what the word means. That in itself is a form of procrastination. It’s more subtle than out and out postponement, but it is a delay of sorts.
I also find that I have something to do that I am not gung ho on doing; I will find myself doing other things, like reading, playing a game and so on. That’s procrastinating as well. Even the act of sitting and deciding what to do next can be a form of procrastination. Any activity that you do in place of something you should be doing is a form of procrastination. You aren’t doing what you are supposed to be doing you are doing something else.
A good example of this is my blog list, I have some blogs that are next in line for writing, but I find myself writing one from further down the list. In my list, the topic that is next is to determine if setting is the most important plot element. Instead, I’m writing about procrastination, which isn’t even on the list. I can enter it into the list, even make it next on the list, but that isn’t the point, the point is that I am not writing the next blog on the list. I’m writing this one. It may well become the next one on the list and I will bump the list to accommodate it, or I can just toss it at the end, which is what I will likely do, unless I run out of time to write the next one on the list.
I don’t know if this counts as making a list of the ways I procrastinate, but looking it over, it is a list of sorts. The prompt I am using for this blog says to make a list of my favorite ways to procrastinate. I don’t think I have a favorite way or ways. I just procrastinate in the most natural way for the situation at hand and the task I’m trying to avoid. You don’t actually think about it. One doesn’t wake up one morning and decide to procrastinate one just does it. It’s completely natural, especially if you are good at it.