Months ago I came up with the idea of writing a blog post on procrastination. I even came up with a killer title: Stop procrastinating … tomorrow. Then I never got around to writing it. I couldn’t make it live up to the awesomeness of the title!
That being said, in my 40 years on this planet, I’ve learned myself pretty well. On the whole, I’m not a procrastinator. I’m the one in class that turned rough drafts of papers in early to receive feedback before the final draft was due. Yup, teacher’s pet.
When I do find myself procrastinating, that is a huge red flag. With normal tasks, it is often the fear of the unknown, thinking it will take forever, etc. “Sounds complicated” is the normal reason, and most of the time it takes on a fraction of the time I thought it would. I’ve normally spent more time thinking about it than actually doing it!
Last weekend I had one of those situations. Ever since my unpleasantness at the mechanic, my car had a rattle. If it was cold outside, something would vibrate until the engine heated up. The colder it was, the louder the sound. I knew I should bring it back in, but I couldn’t bring myself to face the guy again.
So I waited 5,000 miles for my oil change. I was dreading it. Finally my odometer said it was time, so I went. My favorite service manager from my old location was there! I told him about the rattle, and he said he’d check it out. An hour later I found out it was a loose nut, and there was no charge to tighten it. All of that wasted energy!
This is normally how things turn out on the rare occurrences that I do put things off. You’d think I’d learn!
Does anyone else notice a trend in when they procrastinate? Or if any blogger out there wants to write “Stop procrastinating … tomorrow”, let me know when it’s out. I’d love to read it!