“The Downside of Procrastination”
An excerpt from Three Little Decisions.
Procrastination. It’s not the biggest word in the dictionary but it certainly results in big-time consequences. One definition of procrastination is: the voluntary delay of some important task we intend to do, despite knowing that we’ll suffer as a result of the delay. It is self-deception when we wait to do a task, thinking it will be easier or more convenient later.
The more we wait, the more those tasks pile up and overwhelm! It’s like a logjam in a creek; sticks, logs, leaves and trash get caught and are unable to move along. The logjam’s cause is not always apparent, but the water slows and the backup in the creek worsens. To resume the water flow, regardless if we know why it’s backed up, the debris must be removed and little by little the clog releases.
As in life when we deal with smaller areas, eventually bigger things are exposed and when adequately addressed, the current flows once again. In the realm of personal growth, it’s easy to ignore any inclination to look deeper and watch a mindless TV re-run and think we’ll deal with it later. But, we only have today. If we continue to sidestep and procrastinate important decisions, eventually that proverbial rain check will harm our joy, health and relationships.
The quote by Bobby Maximus is good to consider: There are seven days in the week. Someday isn’t one of them.