Perfecting Postponing

I was going to write this blogpost the day before yesterday, but then I was too busy and when I wasn’t busy anymore I was too tired. Yesterday I had to work, and after work, I’d a couple of drinks with some friends and when I got home my computer stopped doing what I wanted it to do. Today I was supposed to get back to editing my story but instead postponed that to write this blogpost.

And I couldn’t help but wonder: WHY DO I DO THIS?

A quick internet survey gives me some insight in why I’m constantly doing things I shouldn’t be doing, delaying projects, taking procrastination to a higher level, and so on.

What The Internet tells me is that Postponing is WRONG. You should be getting THINGS DONE. And if you’re not doing them you need to assess your life goals, get your priorities straight.

I think the Internet has it wrong. Because I like Postponing

It’s not that I never finish something. I have these weekly bursts of energy in which I can clean the whole house, write three chapters, answers ALL boring work emails and more.

I think I have a deadline addiction


Would it stress me out less if I had a tight schedule and stuck to it?


Would it make things easier?


So Irene, why don’t you make a schedule/ stick to it/ stop postponing?




I don’t need to stop postponing, I just need to perfect it.

Having a tight schedule and sticking to it feels somewhat like this:


I work at the Research Cardiology department and I can assure you, this is not good. It means your heart has no electric circuit keeping you alive. A normal rhythm looks like this:


See all the ups and downs? This is what I want my postponing behavior to look like. Some giant spikes in productivity, some-postponing-doing-nothing-in-particular- downs. Tiny sparks of doing things, followed by periods of doing nothing.

Postponing is not a problem if it’s a rhythm that works.







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