Over Procrastination

We all procrastinate, and if you claim you don’t, there’s something other than blood running through your veins, as this phenomenon is simply part of the human condition. But that said, ask yourself if this sounds like you: After exhaustive research you’re still waiting on that one final scintilla of information permitting you to finally spring into action to buy a new house, a new car or accept that job you’ve recently been offered.

So what’s the problem here, after all, details are important right? Well yes, trouble is there’s always one more detail. Many people over procrastinate by demanding to know every fact – even irrelevant ones. For example, you know the car you want and have researched its track record extensively but continue to debate endlessly over paying extra for the optional seat warmers – and you live in the Deep South.

I’m dear friends with a woman who is convinced that before she can launch the speaking business she so passionately claims to want, she has to write five books and have published over 50 articles in her field. I’m not kidding here, I couldn’t make this up.

The next time you’re experiencing “paralysis by analysis,” ask yourself what’s really holding you back. The chances are pretty good that it has nothing do with the seat warmers or credibility as a speaker. Realistically maybe you can’t afford the car, and that aforementioned friend of mine, I’m not so sure she is as stoked as she claims about becoming a professional speaker. So decide already! So what if your rear end is a bit chilly on the only three very cold days of winter. You’ll survive and at the same time will have saved some money. With over procrastination, the devil truly is in the details.

Joseph Wegmann, R.Ph., LCSW is a licensed clinical pharmacist and a clinical social worker with more than thirty years of experience in the field of psychopharmacology. His diverse professional background in psychopharmacology and counseling affords him a unique perspective on medication management issues. In addition to consulting with numerous psychiatric facilities, he has presented psychopharmacology seminars to thousands of clinicians in 46 states.

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