It has reached epidemic proportions and it is ruining lives everywhere. What can you do to avoid this deadly condition?
Case 1 –
You walked past the pile of laundry on the bed. You don’t feel like it right now. It will haunt you until you finally do it. You might even throw it on the floor to go to bed. Now its been on the dirty floor, walked on and wrinkled.
You took 10 minutes and folded and put away the laundry as soon as it came out of the dryer. Everything is put away and pretty wrinkle free.
Case 2 –
You just threw the dishes in the sink. You didn’t feel like dealing with it right now. The next morning you are greated with dishes in the sink, on the counter and stove with crusted on food.
You took the 10 minutes to get the dishes at least cleaned. You may not have put them away, but that only takes a minute. The kitchen is clean and ready for the day.
Case 3 –
You need to stop by the bank. It’s only a couple of blocks away, but geez – you really don’t feel like it. You want to get home. Oh-oh. You really should have made that stop. Now yu have to get there first thing!
Sigh. You have to go to the bank. Fine. You make the turn, head over there and get it done. 10 minutes out of your life, but its done!
Here’s the thing –
Each one of those things would have only taken a few minutes had you done it right away. Now each one of them will take 2-3 times longer. And if you’re like most people, they have compounded.
Its a beautiful Saturday morning, but you have a ton of crusty smelly dishes, piles of laundry, and you have to get your butt to the bank ASAP!
Why do we do this? It makes no sense!
And how do we stop?
There are no magic bullets. It takes plain old fashioned resolve. If you don’t feel like it now, you’re surely not going to feel like it later when it takes twice as long.
Grit your teeth. Tell yourself, “It’s only a few minutes.” And do it now!
You will feel so much better!