The difference between an Excuse and a Reason
Well, I said I was going in to College today to finish off that job, and I didn't (which means I also didn't do the other errands that involve going into town). It would be much better if I went tomorrow because DSO is at home today so I can be with him and work here, and we can do stuff together today, and then I can go to work tomorrow when he goes to work (makes sense).
Anyway, I wasn't sure if I was giving myself an excuse, or if it was a reason, so I couldn't work out if I was skillfully manipulating myself into procrastination, or if it was a genuine better reason.
So I thought about what, for me, is the difference between an excuse and a reason. A 'reason' is something I've thought about before the event is due to happen, come up with a better solution, and decided to go with it. An 'excuse' is something that happens after the event was due (or not pinning myself down to a time to do it in the first place).
So this was an excuse - it was procrastination. However, the excuse I'd come up with did ~actually~ offer a better solution so I decided to go with it anyway. Now I know about the potential to procrastinate I've planned it so that it will be really difficult to procrastinate tomorrow. I'm giving DSO a lift to work so I'll already be in the car, and I'm going to go straight from there. Which means I need to have everything ready to go tonight, including doing invitations to my leaving do (which I'd put on the list as 'fun', but actually I don't like doing invitations part, so I procrastinated on that, and I think that's what started the procrastination ball rolling).