Procrastination Emancipation

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Procrastination Emancipation

By: Deborah Carraro

It's early January as I sit down to research and write this newsletter. I launch my web browser, surf over to MSN.com, surprised to find the feature article displaying a picture of Santa Claus with the caption "It's not too late to have your presents arrive on time." Somebody's been procrastinating - either Bill Gates or me (maybe I didn't refresh my browser). Or maybe my computer is trying to give me the hint to stop procrastinating and set about the task of writing this newsletter. Nah... Bill Gates must be the guilty one!

When it comes to procrastination, most of us are quick to acknowledge the problem and are s...l...o...w... to do something about it. I surf over to dictionary.com and look up the definition of procrastination, hoping it means something other than I'm lazy.

pro - cras - ti - nate:


v. intr.


To put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness.

v. tr.


To postpone or delay needlessly.

Hmmm... this is getting serious. I better stop shillyshallying and get some help. Didn't realize I was delaying needlessly.

Off I go in search of solutions to my problems. It doesn't matter that it's now lunch time - no point in delaying. Ignoring my grumbling stomach, I search relentlessly for the magic pill to make me stop procrastinating. You see, this isn't the first time I've procrastinated but I'm hoping it will be the last.

Three hours later, I'm a procrastination expert. My eyes are blurry, my head is spinning but I'm committed to a ten step program to stop procrastinating. I have been freed from oppression - I have broken the bonds and liberated myself from the control of procrastination.

I stand proudly at my desk and declare my Emancipation from Procrastination, freeing myself from the bonds of laziness.

I have a dream, that one day my habitual procrastination, as noted by my mother - whose voice comes back to haunt me with labels such as disorganized, scattered and lazy - will be transformed into an empowering situation where the endless to do lists and procrastination temptations will be forever banished to the annals of accomplishment. I have a dream today where I recognize that I walk not alone on this path to procrastination but am in fact in excellent company (see Bill Gates above).

This will be the day when I sing "My list, 'tis of thee, endless list that plagues me, of thee I sing. List of tasks I don't like to do, list of thorns in my side, from every desktop, let the work begin."

And if I'm to change the pattern of procrastination. this must become true.

After hours of research, I've finally understood that one of the big reasons I've been procrastinating is that I'm focusing only on finishing. So I'll begin to concentrate on starting. All I need to do is keep starting, and the finishing will take care of itself. Which brings me to another thing my mother used to say... but I think I'll leave that thought unfinished.

Energized and ready to tackle the daunting task of writing this month's newsletter, I'm excited to have broken free from the shackles of procrastination that bound me.

Free at last! free at last!... now if only I could find my pen.

Maybe I'll do this tomorrow....

About The Author

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Deborah Carraro is an Associate of Virtual Bookkeeping". Virtual Bookkeeping" operates as an independent contractor providing accounting services to your company. You will not have to engage a bookkeeping employee, pay benefits or withhold taxes. Everything is completed online for your convenience. Our services are flexible and can be tailored to meet the specific needs and budget of your company. Please visit us at http://www.virtualbookkeeping.ca

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hmm_umm_oh yea 04.06.2010. 04:40

If youre so intelligent give me one of the many words that end with ''tion''? Array

hmm_umm_oh yea

Admin 04.06.2010. 04:40

Communication
Destination
Question
Refraction
Fraction
Detention
Elimination
Manipulation
Decoration
Expiration
Inspiration
Graduation
Fornication
Procrastination
Glorification
Emancipation
Expedition
Constipation
Formation
Flirtation
Damnation
Regulation
Fragmentation
Digestion
Sensation
Titillation
Pronunciation
Dedication
Fixation
Confrontation
Quotation
Occupation
Station
Visitation
Collaboration
Indentation
Regurgitation
Colonization
Fluctuation
Congratulation
Alienation
Arbitration
Initiation
Modification
Population
Abduction
Concoction
Desertion
Equalization
Relocation
Location
Action
Reaction

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alexo9123 09.03.2008. 16:49

(History)(ThomasJeffeson)(I Seriously Need Help)? im writing a research paper and i have to write about Jefferson's flaws as a president and as a person.

so any websites or books that might help me on this long journey of procrastination is greatly welcomed

alexo9123

Admin 09.03.2008. 16:49

Jefferson was a bad businessman and stayed in debt most of his life. He favored emancipation, but never freed a single slave. Jefferson could not convey emotions. Of course, there is always the Sally Hemings controversy. The slave he allegedly had an affair and children with.

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MaTT-KaTT 09.06.2010. 18:30

HELP: I Need Ryhmes...? ok, so i need as many words you can think of that rhyme with generation, i already have revelation, cultivation, frustration and instrumentation
if you can think of anymore there would be much appreciation.. :D

MaTT-KaTT

Admin 09.06.2010. 18:30

Sorry if there are any duplicates! They are not in any kind of order except the order in which they entered my head. XD

privatization
coordination
stabilization
utilization
verification
incapacitation
exploitation
relaxation
socialization
vaporization
imitation
aggravation
modulation
cancellation
assassination
alienation
consolation
edification
infestation
sophistication
abbreviation
congregation
extrapolation
delegation
disorganization
information
permutation
glorification
destination
penetration
legislation
orientation
inflation
concentration
emigration
violation
evaporation
gravitation
personification
navigation
determination
authorization
punctuation
annotation
domination
pigmentation
activation
conflagration
palpitation
reputation
interpretation
procreation
discrimination
fragmentation
exhalation
stimulation
integration
visitation
desperation
hallucination
procrastination
affiliation
contemplation
perspiration
consummation
emancipation
inclination
evocation
alleviation
foundation
victimization
illumination
emulation
estimation
syndication
perforation
elimination
capitulation
tantalization
elevation
conservation
conjugation
radiation
reservation
abomination
consideration
triangulation
demonstration
decoration
affectation
pollination
ventilation
combination
improvisation
fortification
immigration
formation
devastation
negotiation
investigation
education
vibration
segregation
decontamination
notation
rehabilitation
magnetization
inflammation
equivocation
perpetuation
aspiration
desecration
correlation
inoculation
accusation
solicitation
occupation
misappropriation
population
augmentation
elaboration
operation
expiration
proliferation
assimilation
peripheralization
declaration
alliteration
orchestration
fabrication
recommendation
magnification
consecration
publication
eradication
evacuation
accommodation
levitation
accumulation
celebration
arbitration
moderation
dispensation
automation
inspiration
centralization
miscommunication
evaluation
alteration
divination
validation
installation
derivation
nomination
conversation
representation
modification
excavation
meditation
exhilaration
pacification
granulation
escalation
explanation
discontinuation
sensation
fibrillation
vilification
administration
fascination
identification
oscillation
tenderization
convocation
allegation
toleration
application
variation
consternation
recreation
altercation
detonation
strangulation
depravation
resuscitation
inhalation
calibration
degradation
association
commendation
agitation
westernization
continuation
reverberation
visualization
incorporation
duplication
acceleration
sanitation
annihilation
commemoration
dissipation
precipitation
coloration
compensation
expectation
aberration
realization
exclamation
purification
interrogation
obligation
distillation
presentation
confiscation
mitigation
inauguration
subordination
corporation
denomination
speculation
trepidation
replication
insubordination
naturalization
vacillation
incarceration
deviation
regulation
organization

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STIFFLER!!! 27.03.2008. 03:16

What do oyu say to people who say the civil war WASN'T about slavery? I can't stand these IDIOT southerners would honestly think that the Civil War was not about slavery. It's very simple. The south said that if Lincoln was elected they would succed because he was going to put an end to slavery. After living in the "civilized world" (Ohio/New Jersey/New York) the first 20 years of my life I had the displeasure of having to live in Texas for 5 years and now live in Florida. I am related to General George Meade, the commander of the entire northern army for a part of the war. He won the battle of Gettysburg (and yes I am aware he didn't pursue Lee after the battle, therfore causing the war to go on a little longer than it needed to)

But the point is, what do I say to all these hicks and rednecks down here who wil argue to their blue in the face that the civil war wasn't about slavery.

STIFFLER!!!

Admin 27.03.2008. 03:16

I say that slavery was always a matter in the minds of those seceding from the Union, and in Lincoln's mind, from a time well before he was elected. After all, the original 7 Confederate states seceded after Lincoln's election, but before his inauguration (inaugurations occurring in March, in that age). And yet, he aimed his First Inaugural Address of March 4, 1861, squarely at them, arguing for reconciliation, before war.

Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, consisting of 2 executive orders, one issued on Sept 22, 1862 and the second, confirming terms of the first for states which had not rejoined the Union by that date, on Jan. 1, 1863. After that, slavery was an explicit issue of war, because Lincoln had created a new class of non-combatant citizens in the midst of the Confederacy, and aimed to enforce his order for their rights by use of the armed forces of the United States.

But prior to both his First Inaugural Address and the Emancipation Proclamation orders, it can be fairly argued that Lincoln publicly foreshadowed his resolution to address slavery if elected President, and if pushed to do so by the South, in his campaign speech at Cooper Union, of February 27, 1860. The South seceded in full knowledge of his position, as this speech was famous in its day, and widely reprinted in newspapers around the country. Essentially, Lincoln at Cooper Union put the South on notice not to secede, if they wanted to maintain their "dark institution," and they decided to do so, any way, in the period between his election and his inauguration. Once shots were fired at Fort Sumter (after a long series of skirmishes during resupply efforts from January through March 1861) in April 1861, Lincoln did all he could to hold open the door for early cessation of hostilities. In fact, because of his efforts, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia and Arkansas did not join the original Confederate States in seceding until after Fort Sumter fell, well into the summer of 1861. The language of the First Inaugural Address is a mighty effort to avoid war, when the drums for it were beating daily in Charleston.

Lincoln continued to speak for, and encourage reconciliation through this period, as he formed a war cabinet, and began to organize and raise an Army. His forbearance unrewarded, by 1862, he had come to believe it would take nothing less than a full Civil War to settle the issue. But he did not issue the Emancipation Proclamation until he felt he might have military means to compel its observation, which was not until the fall of 1862, owing to the procrastinations of General Meade in training and fielding the Union Army.

To say that Lincoln made slavery an issue in the war, only after it was well under way, is to mis-read him and to mis-read those who seceded, entirely. It is to fail to understand history, altogether, and perhaps willfully.

Admin

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