Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.
— Mark Twain
I’m a pretty good procrastinator. The only reason I’m getting these assignments done on time is that I was also a teacher’s pet in school. I never wanted to disappoint my teacher.
But if it’s a matter of cleaning the bathroom, I can put it off long enough for Doug to start thinking maybe it’s his turn to do it. I haven’t cleaned the floors either since before we had house guests. Yes, I know. I’m not a diligent housekeeper. I’m not a slob though, so the house never looks too bad unless you look too close. It helps that Doug’s a minimalist and very organized and neat.
It’s easy to procrastinate the tedious tasks or the complicated projects we’re not quite sure how to start. I’ve been known to spend hours planning how I’m going to do something without ever actually starting the project.
My stalling tendencies also apply to confrontations. I usually avoid them at all costs. And yes, those costs are sometimes high. I’ve paid the price a few times when I should have said what was on my mind instead of going with the flow. I have to learn to recognize when I need to take a chance, be brave, and speak up.
Maybe I’ll work on that tomorrow. Or the day after.
Written for WordPress’s Finding Everyday Inspiration course. Day 5: Hook ’Em with a Quote