Get a Social Life--or Change the One You Have 161 If Christmas is a holiday you observe, but you find that it's become more of a chore than a celebration, read Simplify Your Christmas: 100 Ways to Reduce the Stress and Recapture the Joy of the Holidays by Elaine St. James. The key to holiday-related procrastination is to stop focusing so much on becoming super-efficient and re-think how many tasks you should put on your to-do list to begin with. If you scale down your holiday commitments, you'll find it easier to find time and energy for the preparations, planning, and socializing that you do enjoy. The Dating Game Dating is a whole branch of socializing unto itself. Many people socialize in the hope of finding that special someone, a soulmate, or whatever they choose to call the person they can spend holidays with, buy those cards and gifts for, and just have fun with. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are nearly 80 million single people in this country (40 percent of the population). Walk into a crowded singles bar on any Saturday night, and it can feel like all of those 80 million pairs of eyes are checking you out--or even worse, not checking you out! When it comes to dating, the intimidation factor is one major cause of procrastination. You may say you'd like to meet that proverbial special someone, but there seem to be all sorts of roadblocks keeping you from going to the places and events where you might meet some potential dates. Or you may already have a few phone numbers tucked into your wallet, numbers of friends-of-friends or people you happened to meet and thought you might like to see again. But something keeps you from picking up the phone and asking for a date. Your dating procrastination might result from these feelings: