Procrastination is a Failure to Love Others

Mar 9, 2018

By Tim Challies (from

Iam, for the most part, an organized person. I actually wrote a whole book on productivity in which I laid out the system I used (and still use) to remain organized and, hopefully, effective in what I do. I have begun my days in roughly the same way for many years now, and have found that quick, daily “coram deo” a valuable way of ensuring I’m using my life in the most effective way.

In many ways, this entire system of productivity grew out of my lifelong battle with procrastination. Year after year I struggled to prioritize what was urgent and important over what was easy or fun. I would put off until tomorrow what I ought to do today. Then I would put it off again and again until I was suddenly forced to address it in a state of panic at the last minute. Not surprisingly, this did not often lead to high-quality work.

In the past few weeks I’ve begun to spy procrastination at work in my life once again. It approached quietly, perhaps taking the opportunity to slink in alongside the ongoing nerve issues that have kept me from my usual systems and patterns of work. Or maybe it snuck in with all the travel I’ve been doing and the disruption and fatigue that comes with it. But one way or another I’ve been finding myself putting off until the future what I know I should do today. I’ve been deferring tasks, pushing deadlines, allowing projects to stretch on and on.

This led me to some introspection and then a helpful realization: Procrastination is a failure to love—a failure to love others. And this is exactly what makes procrastination such an ugly and offensive sin. It is inherently self-centered. It is a form of self-love.

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