For failure to check and replace inexpensive furnace filters in a timely fashion.
Another trip around the same mountain.
Bounced check fees from failure to deduct automatic draft. Cost: $200.
Credit card bill paid online two days before its due date instead of three: Cost: Only $10, but a recurring issue.
Differential replaced because the fluid ran dry: $600.
Just for starters.
I too often practice the Scarlett method. I'll think about the diet tomorrow. I'll think about exercise tomorrow. I'll clean house tomorrow. I'll work on my lesson tomorrow.
Then the waistband is too tight, and I can't find the perfect dress for the office party. My neck goes into spasm because of weak muscles, and the doctor sends me to physical therapy. I hide from unexpected company. I pull an all-nighter.
Putting a price on procrastination can be difficult or impossible.
I often wonder if my mother-in-law would have died at 72 from hemorrhagic pancreatitis had she sought medical care when she first began to feel "punk," an unusual occurrence for her.
My own mother would not have suffered for so long from severe hypothyroidism had she undergone routine health maintenance.
Baby Jeremy might not have spent Christmas Day in the hospital after a seizure had I gotten a flu shot and not gifted him with my misery.
Neglecting spiritual maintenance like a regular quiet time, Bible study, and prayer can cost the ability to rise above disappointments and various life challenges.
Neglecting a relationship like putting off a visit, a phone call, a hug, or words of love and forgiveness can cost a lifetime of regret.
At any rate, we will now be checking furnace filters regularly.
I just remembered. I'm late for my annual gynecologic exam and mammogram as well as an eye check. I'm going to get right on that in the morning.
What are you putting off today? What consequences have your suffered from procrastinating?
"You may delay, but time will not." ~Benjamin Franklin
"Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases, and its toll on success and happiness is heavy." ~Wayne Gretzky
Copyright © 2009 by Sandra Heska King