I just filed my income taxes yesterday. Yes, I’m one of those filers that waits until the eleventh hour. Though this year I had an excuse. Really! I spent the first week of April sick as a dog with the flu from hell. But if I’m being honest, I’ll admit it wouldn’t have made a difference even if I hadn’t been sick. I’m a hopeless procrastinator. It’s my modus operandi. It’s me. *Stands up and announces it to the other patrons at Starbucks.* There, I’ve said it. Admitted it to strangers no less.
The dictionary defines a procrastinator as one who puts off till another day or time, defers; delays.
Before completing my taxes yesterday, I contemplated reading a book, watching Mad Men, and filing an extension. It doesn’t make sense, especially since I’m getting a refund. So why did I put it off? Is it the rush I get for squeaking in just before the clock strikes midnight? Perhaps. Maybe it’s a defective gene. A self-taught trait. They’ve actually done tests to determine the cause of procrastination. I won’t read them. I really don’t want to delve too deep into my psyche.
So are you a procrastinator like me? Here are 9 statements that will help you determine if you are the dreaded P word. Give yourself one point for every statement that reflects you. If you score over 50% there is a good probability you are a procrastinator. And if you decide not to take the test today and put if off until tomorrow, score yourself a perfect 9 and seek help.
1.) You make your New Year’s resolution in June.
2.) You always file your taxes on April 15.
3.) You orgasm a half hour after your partner.
4.) You arrive at surprise parties after the guest of honor.
5.) You finally decided on the perfect birth control after your third child was born.
6.) In college you finished your term papers a half hour before class, sometimes in class.
7.) You get a sense of euphoria when you race against the clock.
8.) You always bring your car for inspection on the last day of the month even though you know the lines will be a bitch.
9.) You always go Christmas shopping on Dec. 24 even though you swear each year you’ll never do it again.
So how did you do? Are you a procrastinator like me or are you like my husband who breaks out in hives if things are left waiting to the last minute? Can you think of any other circumstances that would label you a procrastinator? And if you’re wondering when I completed this post, I’ll have to plead the fifth.