Years ago, I went to see comedienne Judy Tenuta in London. She joked that her mother used to say to her, ‘You will never amount to anything because you always procrastinate’ and her answers was ‘Just wait…’. (It’s funnier with her delivery, I guess!)
Anyhow there’s a great article in the BBC News Magazine about procrastination.
Here are some reader submissions:
- When we first got married, my wife brought home a whiteboard on which we could list the jobs that needed to be done. About a year later it disappeared. Just before our silver wedding anniversary, I found the whiteboard in our garage. There were about 20 jobs on it. None of them had been done – and most of them still needed to be done. Steve Swift, Alton, Hampshire
- I started up the Stirling University Procrastination Society in 1980. It was a resounding success. Not one person bothered to return their registration form on time and we never got round to holding any meetings. Well done us. Yay! JohnB, Berkshire
- In October 1987 a husband assures his pregnant wife that he will put shelves in a tall kitchen cabinet in order to make into a storage cupboard. The shelves are finally put in by our son (the “bump”) when he is 16 years old. Over the 16-year period I heard an endless line of excuses. I could have done it myself, but I am dangerous with drills and cables, so tend to leave well alone. After all, he was going to do it and turned down a joiner friend’s offer to do it when I first mentioned it. Sarah Clark, near Morpeth, Northumberland
And like blokes everywhere, I say ‘I’ll get round to putting that shelf up, there’s no need to keep nagging me every six months.’
What’s your favourite procrastination excuse or story?