Jim Gordon at BossHatch and I are competing for the procrastination crown and it started me thinking (always a dangerous event). I realized that, assuming you accept our premise that procrastination doesn’t equate to irresponsibility, i.e., deadlines are met and commitments are honored, there are two kinds of procrastination:
Finite procrastination involves putting a project off as long as possible before getting it done.
Infinite procrastination is pure mañana, meaning an unspecified future time.
We both excel at the first, but I still believe that I trump Jim on the second.
- It was more than six months between noticing that the stabilizing rubber washers on the toilet seat were worn out and the seat was wiggly and spending the five minutes it took to change them. The impetus to do it came when the seat almost slid off.
- My favorite winter pants have been sitting on the sewing machine waiting to be mended (about a 20 minute job) for a couple of months. They’re on the to-do list for the weekend—as they have been for the last eight.
- The new slacks I bought last spring are still waiting to be altered.
- There are at least five items I was given over the last six years that are waiting to be hung (about a 30 minute task).
- I have seed packets bought when I moved here (2003) that I really do plan to plant this spring. I doubt that the seeds from my San Mateo move in 2000 will grow, but I might try them anyway.
- They go with the six bags of mulch also bought in 2003—does mulch have an expiration date?
- I have a new HP Officejet still in its box, since I haven’t needed to print or fax—yet.
The list is endless, but you get the idea.
I once bought a book on procrastination, but tossed it. I think it had six chapters, the first three telling you how to know if you were a procrastinator, the next two telling you why you procrastinated and the last one saying that you should stop. Duh.
What are some of your infinite procrastinations?
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