So here are a couple other things I put off. In no particular order. Not a complete list either, but this is supposed to be just a blog. Not a 20 volume series.
I live with teenage girls, so clothes are a Very Big Deal around here. They often "need" clothes and I sometimes buy them (after tense negotiations where "need" is redefined several times). When we get home, they are placed on the counter for tag and itchy-stuff removal. A day or two passes. I figure the motivation to cut off tags will be when they need to be worn that very second, so I move them to the bottom of the stairs. The stuff at the bottom of the stairs is supposed to be taken up by the next person going that way (who doesn't know this?) Evidently no one has been briefed on "bottom of the stair" etiquette because they end up just sitting there for a few more days. Then, in an unprovoked burst of tidying up, they are shoved into sewing cabinet instead.
Tag removal falls vaguely under the category of "sewing" even though no sewing has transpired out of that cabinet since the early 2000's, if ever. Even back then it was just for Halloween costumes (and before I discovered craft glue). So that's where the new clothes are completely forgotten. For the whole entire season in which they are appropriate. And the following one. And the one after that. See why I am never phased by the word "need"? Finally, we are back to the appropriate season where, miraculously, the fashion Goddesses still approve of them and - amazingly - they still fit! Oh, happy day! My procrastinating did not have any repercussions this time! Me and procrastination high-five. I don't notice his calculating eyes.
Because then...they are placed on the counter for tag and itchy-stuff removal...
I also put off organizing the crawlspace. Storage space, garage, attic, basement, whatever you call that area of space where all the random crap goes. Maybe you don't have one. I guess it depends where you are on the hoarder spectrum. This is the most procrastination-inducing place in the known universe because it was all crap in the first place and even now you would be basically just clearing it out for "Crap - The Sequel". My current plan is to put it off until a reality show calls.
It'll be the one where they whisk you away while a whole bunch of buffy guys come in and make 20 years worth of crap disappear in less than 10 minutes. Then a new batch of guys (also buff, but wearing eyeliner and skinny jeans), arrive to do dramatic pointing and stage hissy fits. There is much camera time devoted to the fear of "finishing by the deadline" (regardless of the fact it has been sitting virtually unused for 2 decades). Then - voila!! Cue the fairy dust and the "after" shot. It's a gift-wrapping room! With shelves to hold the rolls of paper and cute baskets for the bows! (Or) it's a walk-in closet! With a pink tufted ottoman in the center! (Or) maybe a scrapbooking room! Yes. Definitely a scrapbooking room. The camera cuts to me dabbing at my eyes...it's just (sniff) always been my dream...to have a place (sniffle) to scrap...
My favourite has to be the "man cave". The recliners all lined up like a movie theater and sports paraphernalia everywhere. In 6 months time it will probably be indistinguishable from the original crap room, except now there are men watching sports in there too.
Last, but not even halfway down the first page of the 20 volume series...I put off making appointments. Oh, not for my family (I see that judgey look in your eye!) I just mean for my own health stuff. But don't worry, I'm fine! I take vitamins! That stabbing pain behind my ear went away completely on it's own! The pain in my tooth? It's no problem - that's what the other side is for, isn't it? (also, if you want to lose weight, this can be very effective). And that weird growth over my eye? Pshh...that. It only affects my vision when I want to see. I mean, as long as I can get my sunglasses over it, I'm good.
Here’s the thing. Things sometimes do solve themselves. Look at Global warming! We were so worried and now it’s all totally fine, right? They never even mention it anymore! Don’t do anything today that you can put off until tomorrow...you need to reserve all that energy. You know how a hurricane makes landfall as a category 3 and then turns back into the ocean, only to twist back to land again - this time as a category 4? I mean, you're going to need a ton of reserved energy for that one.
I should really start an advice column, right?