Sins of Procrastination

Thursday, June 19, 2014

It happens all the time. I jot down the items I want to pick up at the grocery store, then I head out for the store. Once there, I start searching in my purse for the list.

I know it's there somewhere because I wrote the list on a yellow piece of paper. I dig around but no luck. The list is nowhere to be found. So I shop by memory and invariably forget an item or two. Let's see; I want bananas, milk, Cascade, apples, coffee, margarine, tomato sauce. What else?

Back home, I find the yellow list on an end table or on the bed or on the kitchen counter. Figures. I forgot the bread, too.

I hate forgetting things, like birthdays and where I put my glasses. I often pencil in appointments or important dates on my desktop calendar. But I've been known to overlook those, too.

Maybe I go to the bank to cash a check, then stop by the newspaper office to get a newspaper, or stop by New Wave to pay a bill. I get home and remember that I forgot to buy stamps and I was in throwing distance of the post office.

Procrastination is another ongoing problem. I get up in the morning, have my coffee, then head for the computer room. I take a look around and mentally decide that I will clean the computer room that day.

I get sidetracked. At night I turn the computer off, look around, and realize that I haven't touched the computer room. It looks exactly the way it did when I made that mental promise to clean it.

Procrastination is a problem practiced by a lot of people.

We use delaying tactics, excuses, feeble intentions. I've read that academic procrastination must be counterproductive, needless and delaying.

We put off doing the things we don't want to do until "the last minute."

"Oops; where did the day go?"

Remember the battle cry, "A task begun is a task half done."

Just aim for a little progress; just get started.

Procrastination doesn't have to be a way of life.