The Bible lists “Seven Deadly Sins.” There are numerous vices, overindulgences, and bad habits to fall victim to. One of these is procrastination. I don’t think it gets enough credit. Give credit where credit is due.
Why am I sitting here watching my grass grow to heights unknown? Because it’s Saturday and I know I can mow it next week. I’m well-known for starting things and not finishing. I’m aware of my bad habit and keep it under control most of the time. There’s no self-help organization available. According to well-known sources… “Procrastinators Anonymous never got off the ground because meetings were continually delayed.”
Here are some hypothetical situations. A potential state senate candidate missed the filing deadline. As a result he missed the opportunity to run for office. Why? Was he still collecting signatures on a petition? …Poor planning? Or was it procrastination? Was he fit to be a state senator? A routine traffic stop, a citation for speeding. The night before, the driver watched a movie until the early morning hours. As a result she was tired, didn’t hear the alarm and got a late start. She procrastinated the time she went to bed. Movie watching was prioritized over sleep. Both were poor choices. Additionally, her driver’s license was expired. The renewal notice came in the mail. A decision was made to delay renewal, after all, she had a month. …Absent-mindedness? …Maybe? Pure and simple procrastination started the whole mess. I failed to mention her “bad hair” day. A young high school boy missed an opportunity to ask a special young lady to the prom. His mother cautioned him not to wait too long. Someone else beat him to the punch. The young man rationalized, that she probably didn’t want to go out with him anyway. Procrastination struck once again.
—-The greatest amount of wasted time, is the time not getting started—-
What role does procrastination play in our lives? Have there been scientific studies made on the subject? If not, there should be. The cynic in me says they were probably delayed. I suspect procrastination plays a greater role than we think. The effects of procrastination are myriad. We compromise, settle for second best–even do without. Extra pressure is injected into our already complicated lives. All because of a conscious choice. Don’t let procrastination rule your life! In my opinion, that’s a sin that could prove deadly.
Procrastination, I know thee well. I’m going to mow my grass now. I shamed myself into it. It would be truly tragic if the neighborhood association sent out sheriff’s deputies. Imagine my embarrassment, being ticketed for an “Unsightly lawn,” “Bringing down property values.” The kicker, would be the citation for “Excessive use of lawn ornaments and windchimes.” Is procrastination a valid legal defense? “Your Honor, my client was under the influence of Procrastinational Forces beyond his control and is therefore not guilty!