Dealing With Procrastination
Yesterday was a LONG day and the last thing I wanted to do when I got home was wash dishes.Â Theyâ€™d already been â€œsoakingâ€ since Sunday night, so they needed to be done.Â My husband wasnâ€™t taking the hints.
After he went to bed and the house quieted down and I finished my writing work for the day â€“ I seriously considered going to bed.Â â€œYou can do the dishes in the morning.â€
I knew the voice.Â It comes around so often that I can almost recognize it even before it speaks.Â Procrastination was back.Â Despite how pleasing he sounds, heâ€™s lying â€“ and he knows it.Â I wonâ€™t get it done the next day.Â There will be just as many excuses to come up with tomorrow.
Plus, I reasoned with myself, even if I do get to it, Iâ€™ll just have to put something else off to have the time to do the dishes.Â â€œYou can just get up a little earlier than normal.â€Â Yes.Â Procrastination was right.Â I could get up earlier.Â But he also knew I wouldnâ€™t.Â The days that I NEED to get up earlier are usually the ones that I end up oversleeping.
This is crazy â€“ my own voice was trying to over ride procrastination.Â You have spent more time thinking about the job than it would take to do the job.Â Besides, didnâ€™t you commit this morning to do â€œjust one more thing?â€
With a sigh that would have indicated to most outsiders that I was facing a fate close to death, I approached the sink.Â Ten minutes later, the dishes were washed, the dishwasher loaded, the sink sparkling clean, and I even loaded the dryer.
Procrastination is a sly little devil.Â He wants you to keep putting off what ever it is you know you need to do because that means you canâ€™t be where you need to be.
A side note, I did get up early this morning (without the aid of an alarm clock even).Â Instead of having to spend the time cleaning up the mess I didnâ€™t want to deal with, I was able to cook my husband a warm breakfast and visit with him before he had to start his morning commute.Â It was a much better use of my time â€“ at least in my opinion.Â If procrastination had won, I bet I would have slept in.Â Who wants to face a pile of dirty dishes first thing in the morning?