It’s a Good Year to be a Precrastinator (Plus a New Release!)

by Kassandra Lamb ~ No, that is not a typo in the title. Rather than a procrastinator, I am a precrastinator. I like to get things done waaay in advance.

And with supply chain issues and delivery delays, this is a good year for people like me to exercise our precrastination skills!

I’ve blogged about precrastination before, specifically how I like to get my Christmas shopping finished no later than November 30th (about when everyone else is getting rolling).

Well, this year I’ve carried that to the extreme! I had my shopping done by October 30th. (Please, don’t hate me.) This was partly due to a trip last week, to visit a friend who lives near some interesting stores.

A precrastinator shops early!

And she and I both love to shop.

One place we shopped is a pretty cool flea market near her. (The same flea market I patterned the setting of Lord of the Fleas after, and yes, she’s the friend who came up with the idea for that setting!)

But I digress…

Back to precrastination—what is it exactly?

Both procrastination and precrastination are products of anxiety. In the former, the person is anxious about a task—will they be able to do it well?—so they avoid the anxiety by postponing the task.

If they postpone it too long, so that they end up in a rush to get it done, that often makes the anxiety worse. They know this intellectually, but still the human tendency is to avoid that anxiety-provoking task again, next time it needs to be done.

In precrastination, the anxiety is more about getting the task done on time—making that reservation, finding the right present, getting it wrapped in time, etc. So precrastinators do things well in advance if they can, to avoid that anxiety.

Both strategies are rewarded by short-term anxiety relief, but with precrastination, that relief is long-term as well. There is one repercussion of precrastination, however.

We tend to annoy other people when we’re asking them what they want for Christmas in August!! 😉

And heaven forbid that a precrastinator and procrastinator try to live together. That can get ugly.

a good year to be a precrastinator
Minions in my carry-on?

This year, I’m happy that I’m a precrastinator. While a few items have not yet arrived, everything is ordered. (Some I have sent directly to my son’s house, since we will be spending the holidays with him and his family.)

Now I can start obsessing about which presents we’ll be carrying in which suitcases… hmmm…

Which are you, a procrastinator or a precrastinator? Or somewhere in between?

Kirsten Weiss is definitely a precrastinator like me. She released her Christmas book, Gnome Alone, on Halloween!! Check it out…

Gnome Alone, A Doyle Cozy Mystery, #5

It’s holiday season in small-town Doyle, and the town is pivoting from UFO tourism to Bigfoot Days. For Susan Witsend, the owner of a UFO-themed B&B, this presents a branding conundrum.

But when Bigfoot is blamed for a mass garden gnome theft, control-freak Susan is drafted to track down the kidnapped gnomes. And then the holiday season hits another sour note with the murder of a member of her caroling group. Are Susan’s organization skills up to juggling missing gnomes and tracking down a killer in time to ring in the festivities?

Because as Susan unwraps motives and alibis, she finds herself adding more names to the naughty list. She may have to face some hard truths about her own limits and about just how far a not-so-jolly killer will go…

Gnome Alone is a fast-paced and funny cozy mystery, packed with quirky characters, pets, and murder! It’s perfect for fans of Jana DeLeon, Janet Evanovich, and Donna Andrews. (Susan’s Bigfoot Investigation Protocol at the back of the book!)


Posted by Kassandra Lamb. Kassandra is a retired psychotherapist turned mystery writer. She is the author of the Kate Huntington psychological mysteries, set in her native Maryland, and the Marcia Banks and Buddy cozy mysteries, set in Central Florida. She also writes romantic suspense under the pen name of Jessica Dale.

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  • Reply
    Cheryl Arcemont
    November 2, 2021 at 10:37 am

    I am a procrastinator about many things throughout the year. However, I am a true ‘precastinator’ in that I try to get everything done prior to events, ie holidays, birthdays, doctor appointments, as in weeks ahead!

    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      November 2, 2021 at 11:09 am

      Yes, that is a true precrastinator. And we are not immune to procrastinating about things we just plain don’t want to do. I’ve been meaning to paint my bathroom for 5 years now…LOL

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    K.B. Owen
    November 3, 2021 at 9:02 am

    I can relate, but my attempts at Christmas precrastination are constantly undermined by three grown sons who don’t give me gift ideas early enough…grrr…talk about anxiety!

    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      November 3, 2021 at 1:36 pm

      Surprisingly, my son was the first to produce a list this year. He’s usually the last. That was another factor in my getting done so early.

  • Reply
    Kate Baxter
    November 6, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    “Precrastinator”, I like it! Didn’t know that there was a name for my holiday preparedness. Start preparations for the next holiday season starting on December 26th. 😉

    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      November 6, 2021 at 2:58 pm

      Actually, I made the word up… 😀 But it seems appropriate.

      You got me beat. The earliest I’ve ever bought a Christmas present was mid-January.

  • Reply
    Dianne Casey
    November 6, 2021 at 5:10 pm

    I’m definitely a procrastinator. I haven’t bought any Christmas gifts yet. I’ll probably wait until Christmas and buy gift cards.

    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      November 6, 2021 at 5:14 pm

      Ah, gift cards. Always my fallback strategy!

  • Reply
    Margaret Rushton
    November 6, 2021 at 8:26 pm

    I’m a precrastonator when it comes to holiday shopping. I shop all year round for presents.

    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      November 6, 2021 at 11:06 pm

      It’s so much less stressful!

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