Tomorrow Is A Procrastinator’s Favorite Word

Tomorrow is my favorite time zone.

Full of promise and opportunity. If you’re a procrastinator, tomorrow might be one of your words in not favorite time zones.

I live in an old farm house with closets the size of your refrigerator. Consequently, I only have room for in-season clothes. Off-season clothing hibernates in the basement. Last weekend, I switched out summer outfits for winter layers.

And I discovered a problem!

My winter bottoms like jeans and slacks were TIGHT! Oh well, I’ll just back up the ice cream binging a bit and I’ll be back in those clothes in no time.

But, wait. Culver’s flavor of the day is my favorite Dark Chocolate Decadence. I can’t start today, I’ll start my regime … tomorrow.

I’ll start … tomorrow.

The next day, I remember we have company coming for dinner in and it would be rude to serve them rabbit food and no dessert.

Again I said, “I’ll start … tomorrow.”

The day after, I’m invited to party and there will all kinds of delicacies I’ll want to sample.

That’s okay. Weekends are no time to start a diet. I’ll start … tomorrow.

The day after that was Sunday and football games demand pizza, nachos, popcorn with real butter, and fully leaded Pepsi.

By Monday, I was so discouraged, I ate the batch of cookies I baked for the new neighbors.

Tomorrow never materialized.

When you say I’ll start tomorrow; you may never start anything. I know this cuz the same thing happens with my book writing and my house cleaning and my thank you notes and my reading list and my Bible study and my … Well, you get the idea.

I can’t be the only one who says tomorrow I’ll …

  • Start my diet.
  • Save some money.
  • Exercise.
  • Call my mom.
  • Get out of debt.
  • Do the laundry.
  • Clean out the junk drawer(s).
  • Read my Bible.
  • Establish my prayer time.
  • Finish one project.
  • Talk to my boss about a raise.

Best advice to get going!

There are a million reasons and distractions to keep you from tackling your to-do, must-do or should-do project today. If tomorrow is your favorite word, then…

Don’t wait till tomorrow!

Get after whatever is weighing you down or keeping you from living life!

Shrink the task.

You can simplify a daunting task by breaking it up into smaller more manageable pieces. The progress you make along the way energizes you to keep going.

Do the yuckiest (part of the) job first.

When I do my Once A Month Cooking I always start with the most tedious recipe. I learned the hard way that if I wait till the end of the day to face off with a labor intensive dish, it doesn’t get done.

Offer yourself a bribe for completion.

Maybe you get to shop with the proceeds from the rummage sale you have after you clean out your closets/basement/garage/attic.

Don’t wait till tomorrow!

Oh, I said that already.mBut I want you to get it.

Today is your day!

Leave me a comment about your intention to make today your day. What have you been procrastinating that you’re ready to tackle today!

Scripture Refresher:  Don’t put it off; do it now! Don’t rest until you do. Proverbs 6:4 (NLT)

Prayer: God, I don’t want to do what scares me or overwhelms me or is hard or is hateful. Inspire and encourage me to do what must be done and do it cheerfully.  Amen.