Procrastination - Do We Ever Learn?

ritaweeda

That thread about what we wish we had done before this thing hit makes me think about the movie castaway where he had procrastinated the dental work and really paid dearly for it. Will we ever learn? I wish I knew how to cut my own hair. I keep it short but short hair looks bad really quick when not kept after. :(

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Uptown Gal

I have 3 smallish, inside painting jobs that need to be done. I kept thinking, "I'll pick up that paint"...and didn't. Could have used these days and finished the jobs in no time.

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Hareball

Maybe this will be something that teaches a lot of people not to put things off. They will see how nice it is to get things done. They may also realize oh man what if something like this happens again and I don't have the chance. But I know there are also a lot of people out there that procrastinate because they already have so much on their plates. They have so many things to do everyday and because of that they don't have time or are just too tired once they finish up their daily duties.

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morz8

Uptown Gal, me too. Although Home Depot is still open with reduced hours, I haven't rushed over there, we're trying to comply with the 'stay home'.

My BIL did go there yesterday. They had their sprinkling system redone and lawn hydro seeded last week. The deer are running amok through it ;0) He bought that temporary netting for fencing and some posts to put up a barrier. It's orange. I should have asked him to pick up a gallon of ceiling white if nothing else.

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Elmer J Fudd

An interesting question. I'd like to respond but I'll do it later.

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Raye Smith

Life happens and we choose what is important based on the current situation. One of the biggest lesson here is to not live your life in fear and panic.

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Elmer J Fudd

Nor in denial and not by ignoring new facts and truths that come our way.

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dedtired

I am still amazed at my ability to,procrastinate. Here I am stuck at home with all the time in the world and I’m still getting very little done.

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bpath reads banned books too

An interesting question. I'd like to respond but I'll do it later.

Hahaha!

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DawnInCal

dedtired, you raise a good point. We often blame lack of time for not getting things done, but perhaps it's not so much not enough time as it is wasting the time we do have.

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breenthumb

If there's ever been a time when "no time like the present" is true, it's now. But I'm just feeling so unmotivated. Maybe JUST DO IT! Nah!

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Michael

We often blame lack of time for not getting things done, but perhaps
it's not so much not enough time as it is wasting the time we do have.

That along with laziness.

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share_oh

So many times I've been happy I haven't put things off because something comes along that would've interfered with my plans. I'm pretty good at not procrastinating but after this I am going to make a point to do even better. You just never know.

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georgysmom2

I'm too old to be putting things off, but I still do.

Dedtired......you and I walk the same path......of course now it's 6' apart.

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OklaMoni

Rita, I cut my own hair... and I also mow my own yard.. but I know, the yard part will be paid for when it gets to hard.


I am 65, about to turn 66. No party this time, I am in quarantine.


The reason for that.... is.... my friend asked me if I had ever thought of visiting Australia again... and I didn't answer right away. Then she asked if I would consider joining her, and I jumped at the chance.


Hindsight tells me, I should have cancelled... even though I had a non refundable ticket. I paid more for my return flights, than I paid for the original flights.


However, I had the chance to meet up with my uncle I hadn't seen for 61 years, and I spend some nice time with my sister.... all after Esther flew home early.

Yes, I will travel again.... there is no time like the present to do what you would love to do!


Moni


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nickel_kg

"Tomorrow, tomorrow, not today; that's what all the lazy people say". I heard that chanted a million times growing up, both in English and in German. But instead of being inspired to "Get up and at'em, Adam Ant" (another popular wake-up tune) all I learned was to feel guilty about procrastinating. But not guilty enough to change ;-)

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eld6161

It’s human nature to postpone unpleasant or boring chores. I have to say though that when I know a storm is coming, there might be a possibility of loosing electric. I will often quickly do laundry and make sure the pantry is stocked.

But..... who would have guessed this? Not in a million years.

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Raye Smith

Okla - I enjoy mowing my acreage too - if only it would stop raining enough to dry out. Haircuts are cheap here so I stopped cutting my own, may have to rethink that.

That's wonderful that you got to visit relatives, well worth the hassle of a trip and something to cherish. How many of us never get to opportunity to visit with relatives and would have loved to have had that opportunity.

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daisychain01

My mom had a poster tacked on her wall that read, "Procrastination is the Thief of Time". She had crossed out Procrastination and written Television overtop. These days, I'd have to cross off television and write the interweb.

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patriciae_gw

Procrastination does have it merits. Sometimes you put off doing something that in retrospect you wondered what on earth you were thinking when you thought of doing that. Some ugly hand knit sweater or strange craft. Plus I had a house burn down. Everything thing I didn't get done was one less thing to see go up in smoke.

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sjerin

"...not live your life in fear and panic." There are those who live in very tough circumstances.

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ratherbesewing

I am with you destined! And, I am miffed my DH isn't doing more :)

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Raye Smith

Living in fear & panic is a choice regardless of circumstances. I've know people that had wealth, great health and so on that lived in constant fear. I've know people that were almost homeless with cancer that lived free of fear and panic. Our emotions are under our control and wise people choose to control their emotions.

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samkarenorkaren

I had really long hair that needed a good trim. Watched video and was able to cut it straight like the pros. The top I just trim a little here and there.

My procrastination is painting I started, 1500 ebooks to organize and bathroom closet to clean out. Lol still got 12 more days off

SamKaren Your resident dj

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patriceny

Management by procrastination has worked well for me for years. :) I can't tell you how many "problems" solve themselves while I do other things...

That may be more related to the fact I can tend to be a worrier too though. So I'll be worrying about something and think I should "fix" it, but then it just fixes itself.


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Raye Smith

For me procrastination gives me time to think through alternative solutions. I'm glad to have those "I should have though of that earlier" moments before I tackled a project.

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Elmer J Fudd

I think maybe you're confusing advance planning for a task vs procrastinating about a task. They're very different. What you seem to be describing is planning.


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patriciae_gw

I forgot about all the things I can get done putting off something I don't want to do. I will do all sorts of tasks to have a good excuse to not clean the fridge.

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sjerin

I'm sorry, Raye, but I think you are waaaaay oversimplifying.

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daisychain01

I will do all sorts of tasks to have a good excuse to not clean the fridge.

Me, too! But the strange thing about procrastination is that I've cleaned the fridge, in order not to write report cards.

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