…it’s a lot of fun until you get the bill.” – Christopher Parker
For this quote we can thank English actor and television presenter Christopher Parker.
…So my Monday is going to be pretty awful. Actually, it is already Monday. As I type this it is 3:01 a.m. I’m still up because I just finished the latest revision for a deck I needed to complete for a project today. And with that done, I can either write my daily post now or in three hours (after a short nap) when I get up for work. Frankly, now seems like a better bet if I want to commit something intelligible to print.
I didn’t have to be up working until 3:00 a.m., though. It is actually the consequence of a choice I made when I woke up on Sunday morning. At the time, I said to myself: “Rory, you’re always working on the weekend for one reason or another. Why don’t you just take it easy and do nothing today?”
…And so I did.
Here is the thing though. When we procrastinate, the work we need to get done does not go away. It just piles up on itself, eventually forcing us to work at a frenetic speed to catch up because we didn’t pace ourselves when we had the chance. This is a lesson that I – like many reading today – learned at a very young age. But every once in a while it seems that I need to learn it again.
So as we get started this week, let’s remember to do what we can when we can so that we can improve both the quality of our work and the quality of our lives. Because (in addition to impacting our output) when we make the choice to put off until tomorrow what we can do today, the stress it creates is seldom worth the short-term reprieve granted us by the initial procrastination.
P.S. Let’s also be thankful for coffee.