Avoiding Procrastination: How NOT to do it (*)
(*) With apologies to Alex. 🙂
If there’s an unpleasant task ahead, ask yourself these questions: If I don’t do this, will anyone die or get hurt? Will it jeopardize someones job? Will it ruin a friendship? Will it bankrupt me? If the answer is “NO”, then chill out, have a beer, and don’t worry about it.
If you live alone, the dishes have to be washed ONLY when the mess starts to annoy you. It’s up to YOU to decide when that is. (Same thing applies to cleaning the bathroom or vacuuming.)
TV and computer time are best enjoyed when you “should” be doing something else. Treasure those precious moments.
If you can afford it, just PAY someone to do the menial jobs you hate. (I mean, why did you work hard and go to school for all those years, anyway? )
If you’re avoiding housework, just remember: doing a quick half-assed job is better than doing nothing at all. And it will still make your place look tidier.
Don’t follow your dreams and quit your tedious white-collar office job just yet…unless you like Ramen Noodles and living out of your car.
If you have a to-do list, tear it up. It’s just a glaring reminder of what you’re not accomplishing.
If the government owes YOU money, don’t worry about completing your tax return by the April deadline. You can put it off indefinitely, and wait for THEM to contact you…so long as you don’t mind the Feds earning interest on your hard-earned cash.
A professor once told me: a week in the lab will save you 5 minutes in the library.
Refuse to do indoor house projects until it’s crummy and miserable outside. (Lord knows, we have so few months of nice summer weather, especially in Canada.)
If laundry piles up, wear the same clothes around the house for several days. If anyone complains about your B.O., tell them you’re being “Green” by cutting down on your washing, to save Spaceship Mother Earth.
Sure, you’re supposed to change your oil regularly. But it your car is old, and you go a bit over 5000 km…well, it’s not the end of the world, is it?
Don’t pay your speeding ticket right away. If you know you’re guilty, let THEM settle the matter in traffic court and send you the bill.
If your Christmas lights are still up in June, then you’re past the half-way mark for the year. You might as well keep them up for the next Christmas.
Don’t beat yourself up over a late bill payment. The interest will cost you less than the Starbucks coffee you had this morning.
Nobody on their deathbed ever admitted “I wish I had organized my closets sooner” or “I wish I had written that thank-you card.”
Live each day as if it’s your last. But only if you like lots of self-imposed pressure and want to burn yourself out.
Slack off at work, then rush at the last minute to the meet urgent deadlines. Make your co-workers aware of the hours you’re putting in. It will make you look diligent. You might even get sympathy for working so hard.
Commit to much less than you actually plan on doing, and then do it. You’ll look like a hero.
Don’t publicly announce what your goals are. Remember, nobody can hold you accountable for anything they don’t know about.