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Donna Gets it Right ----

8 -14 -04

I'll Think About That Tomorrow

"I’ll think about that tomorrow."

That’s my second favorite line from Gone with the Wind. My first is “Oh Miss Scahlet, I don’t know nothing ‘bout birthin’ babies!”

I’m the world’s biggest procrastinator. Whatever the task, it can almost always wait until later, be done later, cleaned later, etc. It explains my endless piles of laundry. I hate laundry. I’d rather do any other chore than laundry. It takes too long, you have to wait and wait. I’m not much of a waiter; I’m more of a rusher. I have to do laundry for 2 adults and 3 to 4 kids. Then the towels - don’t even get me started on towels.

Procrastination can be iffy at best. Sometimes good things come from it. Like putting off grocery shopping for a day, then when you finally go, it’s double coupon day. But I think that procrastinating is mostly bad. Especially the things I seem to do it on.

Like laundry. Or potty training my son. It’s slowly becoming a monster that I cannot tame. I tell myself that it’s time to really get serious about it, then 100 other things come up and I find it easier to just clean him up than have to make trips to the potty. He’s very good with number one, but number two is, well, its number two. I read somewhere that the reason it takes longer for that is because they feel it’s a part of them that their losing and it scares them. Sounds flimsy to me.

I don’t know where I get my procrastinating from. My Mother doesn’t do it and neither did my Dad. My Mom is very neat and organized. She does things when they need to be done. My Dad was the same way. I don’t remember him ever saying, “we can do that later.” But “doing it later” is my middle name. I’m also not a “one at a time” kind of person either. I’m always juggling. I’m always multi-tasking. I guess that can also be a good thing, but the down side is it makes me look harried and it can make me snappish. I expect everyone to be on the same page as me as far as what now needs to be done. But mostly I get blank stares and everyone wondering why I’m so grouchy.

This takes me back to why I put things off. Why do I do it if I know it’s only going to lead to headache and heartache? I don’t know the answer to that. Maybe it’s nothing more than just pure old-fashioned laziness. But I have a full time job, three kids and a husband who works a full-time job, and an additional part-time job. Hey, maybe I’m just plain old-fashioned pooped!

I belong to a book club but I don’t have time to read any of the books. I only have time to read the synopsis listed on Barnes & Noble’s website.

Maybe some day they’ll come up with a cure for procrastination. I wonder if it will be in a tablet or chewable? Maybe someone will write a book about it. Maybe later I’ll check Barnes & Noble’s website.

Until next time…..


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