Yes, that horrible sickness that causes us to put things off for the future instead of dealing with them in the present.
I procrastinated with the taxes. I intended on doing them by the first of March, and then before I knew it was the first of April - I only had two weeks left to complete them. Somehow, I managed to squander the first week. Please don't ask me how - I really don't know. Then there was just one week. The Wednesday before, I managed to get half of it done, putting me in a false sense of security. I was going on a quick weekend getaway and figured since I would be relaxing all weekend, I could finish the rest over the weekend.
Over the weekend I discovered some figures were missing and I would have to wait until Monday morning for businesses to open to get said figures. So, that left me with two days. I got the figures Monday morning and spent most of the day finishing the taxes ...
Had I done the taxes earlier, there would have been a post that Monday morning. But I am going to take it a step further because my procrastination runs deeper than that. For several months now, I have been writing my post the day of ... Those that subscribe and read regularly may have noticed my posts publishing later and later on Mondays. One particular Monday I was going to just post on Tuesday instead. Guilt set in and I posted at 6:00 P.M. A far cry from the early days of the blog when I strived to have an entry posted no later than 8:30 A.M. In those days I had a month's worth of entries already in cue.
These days there is a stark contrast. On Sunday evenings I am moaning and groaning that once again it is time to post and I haven't written a word ...
Unfortunately, this post has ended up being no different. I actually started this post two Mondays ago and it was going to be on time! A post on procrastination cannot be the "victim" of procrastination!
Last Monday came and I had to take my car to the shop, work to do from home, the l.a.d. wasn't feeling well and before I knew it I looked at the clock and it was well into the afternoon. No post last Monday either.
Procrastination won again.
As I am writing this it is Sunday night, almost Monday morning ... My own pride wouldn't allow procrastination to win again ...
And yes, I am fully aware that pride should not be the driving factor to counter procrastination (or anything else for that matter).
The saddest part in all of this is that I don't have any thoughts or lessons learned about how to avoid the pitfalls of procrastination. I just know that currently, it is a war I am engaged in and several battles have been lost. Some of it has to do with the problems and "pressures" of life. When I am dealing with things in my life and I am feeling drained, I tend to procrastinate. I think many people do. You are so involved in the goings on of your life you feel putting off some things are warranted - and they very well may be. However, when they get put off over and over again, a snowball can turn into an avalanche, and who needs an avalanche in their life?!
One of my sisters, while in high school, had a poster in her room that read: IF IT WASN'T FOR THE LAST MINUTE NOTHING WOULD GET DONE! I can't even take that on as my mantra, because the last minute has come and gone, and things still need to be done!
But, as with anything I must say that there is hope, there is always hope. This weekend I did get some "spring cleaning" done. I gave myself a deadline and I am well on my way to completing the task on time ... But of course, this too is a result of procrastination. I've been trying to do this since February.
Well readers, I'm just going to have to enlist you as my accountability partners! I am on a mission to overcome this. I ask for your prayers and if anyone has any wisdom concerning the subject, I would love to hear it!
Here's to the future of fulfilling tasks in a timely manner - may they come soon ... very soon!
Just Around the Corner,