Procrastination [ proh-kras-tuh-ney-shuh n, pruh‐ ]


the act or habit of procrastinating, or putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention.

Most people are all too familiar with the concept of procrastination, although some won’t admit to doing it. It is a way of dealing with things we would rather not have to do. Here are some examples:

  • Homework ~ my boys are experts at putting off homework until the last minute.

  • Getting Out of Bed ~ this is why clocks have snooze buttons. They may have called them procrastinate buttons, but then they would have had to make the button a lot bigger.

  • Fitness ~ although we know it is good for us, we keep putting off eating better and exercising more.

Why do people procrastinate? We aren’t raised by our parents with them scolding us when we were being too eager to clean our room or eat those brussel sprouts. There isn’t a class in school titled “procrastination 101, how to put things off”. I believe we do it for two reasons. 1) We see others do it, which makes it a learned behavior. 2) It is simply a natural extension of being faced with an unpleasant or undesirable situation… avoid it at all costs!

So, what does procrastination have anything to do with real estate? More than you might think. There are lots of reasons that cause us to procrastinate making a variety of real estate related activities. Here are a few:

  • Selling:

    • I don’t want to move, it is too much work.

    • Let’s wait and move in the spring when the temperature is nicer.

    • I enjoy not having a mortgage payment.

    • I’m comfortable here.

  • Buying:

    • This house is great, but I think we can find a better one.

    • If we wait a while the price may drop.

Now, you may be saying to yourself, “wait, these are valid points", and you would be correct. But remember that part of the definition of procrastination relates to “something requiring immediate attention.” So if there is a pressing reason to sell your house or buy a different one then these points become less valid and more of an excuse to delay what is likely just an inevitable situation. Occasionally delaying something works out for the better… but in many cases it simply backs you into a corner and increases the sense of urgency to accomplish the task. You even miss out on what could have been a better opportunity.

So, if you need to move, rather than procrastinate give McMichael Realty a call and we’ll face your undesirable situation together. We are pretty good at helping to make the entire process more enjoyable.

So, in the future, when faced with the thought of procrastination, remember what the opposite of procrastination is:

Advance …. Continue … Expedite … Complete … Move Ahead