Foresight and Procrastination

This morning I was moving things from my room to another room, in preparation for new floors to be put down. While moving things I had to put them away in a different place, with the knowledge that I’ll be moving them again when the floors are done. I left some of it on my bed in the temporary room, telling myself I’d put it away later. But then I thought, “Will I want to do it later? Will I regret putting it off when I could just do it now and not have to worry about it? I’m going to have to do it anyway, whether it’s sooner or later.”

I’m great at procrastinating. If I don’t have to do something right away, I probably won’t. But I’ve also picked up some foresight as I’ve grown, and sometimes that encourages me to do something sooner than later. If I leave something out or undone, I’ll just have to think about it later. What if I don’t have time later? Maybe someone else will be stuck with it. Unless I’m willing to live with that or have it hanging in the back of my mind, I’ll just take care of it while I’m there and thinking about it.

Whether it’s moving stuff, doing work, cleaning things, bettering yourself, or whatever good and productive thing that needs doing, don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tom– I mean, don’t put it off, just do it now! The sooner it’s done, the less you’ll have to think (or worry) about it. And then you’ll be done!


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