“Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.” Spanish Proverb
I’ve put off writing about procrastination. One would think that this is by design, as if to prove a particular point. While a bit of this could be true, I’ve been trying to find a “balanced approach” to this subject, oft used, oft maligned.
Little support can be found for delaying a much-needed end for the ease of a more convenient day. The Spanish proverb shows the flaw. I’ve always been a “do it now” person, so that I can maintain some neatness in my life–not burdened with the litter of uncompleted tasks. This seems to work well for the simple, well packaged tasks–those that we can get our arms around and tie up.
It is the more thorny tasks that cause pondering, and ultimately delay. I offer the delay between the time when Gwen “thought we ought to finish the basement” at 605 Badger and when it was completed. Truth to tell, our vision of timetables varied quite a bit. For her, it was a need to be fulfilled. To me it was issues of building plans, finance, conflicting corporate travel, et al.
Ultimately, I learned the wisdom of the biblical “in the fullness of time” concept. This reminds us that when all is prepared, then the desired can result. In the case of the basement project at 605 Badger, it ultimately did. I owed that to Gwen. It took approximately seven years though, and even when under way, took longer to accomplish than was my plan.
The danger of not having all plans carefully prepared and carried out, however, raises an even larger problem than the project which never sees a start. I know of someone who set out to build an addition on to his home. That was ten or twelve years ago. The uncompleted section weathers from year to year, unused and unusable. This could be one of the better examples of procrastination.
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