Seems like I should have learned this lesson by now. Why postpone until tomorrow what can be accomplished today? Why delay the inevitable and make it more painful in the end?
Just today: didn’t I just pass – not just one – but TWO gas stations right off the highway as my car was already blinking on empty? And why? Because I was on the phone talking business while on my way back from an off-site, travelling in the fast lane.
All the while promising to myself ”Alright, I’ll take the next one for sure”. Except I had under 10 miles left in the tank … and this is when the fast & furious moved over to the slow & infuriated lane. Waiting for the next exit. Praying I would not have to call triple A. Because who has time for this, seriously? I know what everyone thinks when spoting a car out of gas on the side of the road “Who, nowadays, can actually run out of gas? How foolish!”.
And finally here it was, the sign with the little gas icons! Only half a mile away, yay!
Little problem – the map on my GPS did not display those lifesaving icons: I was in trouble. These were no easy-off, easy-back-on type of gas stations. Try: merge and take two other highways, exit, merge again, make a U turn, then find a gas station that’s actually not distributing gas — no I’m not making this up, it really happened to me today. By that time I’m running on “0 miles left”. Sadly, a familiar feeling. Somehow, my prayers were heard, and I was able to turn around and locate the next nearest icon… and fill up.
For the record, let me say advertising gas that’s EIGHT miles away from the highway should be illegal.
So here is the point: why choose the aggravation? Why not fill up just before the gas gauge even tickles the fat E, when you have at least 30 miles left, why? This is called being proactive.
Proactive sounds great on a resume. But it’s got the biggest impact if you effectively apply it to your everyday life.
It can, among other things, avoid you to pay $50 in gas in one shot (this is the largest tank I’ve ever had to fill with this car!).
A few other things I’m quite good procrastinating at:
- cleaning the dishes (I’d rather save the pile of dirty plates for the next morning! Not really, but sleeping is way more appealing!) Truth is I secretly wish my husband will have an epiphany and actually free me from this chore. Sigh.
- folding laundry (husband’s epiphany applies here too),
- putting clothes away (deciding between the wash pile and the toss pile, which I will eventually go through again to decide in the end that, yes, these pants deserve being washed…)
Notice how all of these relate to daily chores that inevitably repeat themselves? If I could just flip that “do now” switch, it would save me so much time. And spare me the negative anticipation that comes with procrastination — until it HAS to be done: say it’s already 9am, you’re late for work, but you can’t possibly leave the dirty pot and pans in the sink. That’s plain gross.
Selfishly I’m somewhat relieved to know I’m not the only one. We all procrastinate at some things. And we all would find great benefit in quitting this bad habit!
On your marks…