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Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in At TMV | 9 comments

I Was Going To Write a Long Article on Procrastination, but…

This from the Atlantic is a good article on procrastination. I was going to put this article up sooner, but I was eaten like Jonah in the Whale… come to think of that, maybe that’s what procrastination is… a whale that munches you and you are immobilized in the whale’s belly. How did that story end, now?

And why is the word describing putting things off, so long? Maybe it ought be called ‘the nots’ or ‘the nevers.’ But I’ll have to look that up when I get time…

Hope you are smiling with me.

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  • The_Ohioan

    Great title. Smiling with you. 🙂

  • The_Ohioan

    Rarely has any article zeroed in so accurately on one of my personal attributes/faults. I spend way too much time here at TMV (and other blogs). Way too much time. 🙂

    I suspect, before blogs, women used radio then tv shows to put off getting things done. Men already had 8 hours at work as an excuse for putting off domestic chores.

  • shannonlee

    but….
    then I got high.

    It’s a classic 🙂

  • Brownies girl

    I was gonna respond to you earlier but there was a thunder storm and I had to pull the clothes in off the line real fast and then there was this terrific item on CBC radio that had me sitting down to listen …. and ….. well, crap happens, — thanks for a great post – I read the Atlantic article — very insightful and yes, I am smiling with you!

  • The_Ohioan

    Old (really!) joke:

    Recently, I was diagnosed with A. A. A. D. D — Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.

    This is how it works: I decide to water my garden.

    As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I lookover at my car and decide my car needs washing.

    As I start toward the garage, I notice that there is mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mailbox earlier. I decide to go through themail before I wash the car.

    I lay my car keys down on the table, put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table, and notice that the can is full.

    So , I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the garbage
    first.

    But then I think, since I’m going to be near the mailbox, when I take out the garbage anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.

    I take my checkbook off the table, and see that there is only 1 check left. My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go inside the house to my
    desk where I find the can of Diet Coke that I had been drinking.

    I’m going to look for my checks, but first I need to push the Diet Coke aside so that I don’t accidentally knock it over. I see that the Diet Coke is
    getting warm, and I decide I should put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.

    As I head toward the kitchen with the Diet Coke, a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye–they need to be watered.

    I set the Diet Coke down on the counter, and I discover my reading glasses that I’ve been searching for all morning.

    I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I’m going to water the
    flowers. I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and suddenly I spot the TV remote. Someone left it on the
    kitchen table.

    I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, I will be looking for the remote, but I won’t remember that it’s on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I’ll water the flowers.

    I pour some water in the flowers, but quite a bit of it spills on the floor. So, I set the remote back down on the table, get some towels and wipe up the
    spill.

    Then, I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.

    At the end of the day:

    —-the car isn’t washed,
    —-the bills aren’t paid,
    —-there is a warm can of Diet Coke sitting on the counter,
    —-the flowers don’t have enough water,
    —-there is still only 1 check in my check book,
    —-I can’t find the remote,
    —-I can’t find my glasses,
    —-and I don’t remember what I did with the car keys.

    Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I’m really baffled because I know I was busy all day long, and I’m really tired. I realize
    this is a serious problem, and I’ll try to get some help for it, but first I’ll check my e-mail. Do me a favor , will you? Forward this message to everyone you know, because I don’t remember who I sent it to.

    Don’t laugh — if this isn’t you yet, your day is coming!

    Now, the last time I sent this joke, I suddenly remembered – I’d left the hose running in the garden – hours ago!

    • DdW

      You don’t know how accurately you have described my typical day, T.O.

      • archangel

        And the flowers got some water, and the junk mail got thrown away, and one saw that one was nearly out of checks… and MOST OF ALL:look at all the exercise the guy in the joke got.

      • The_Ohioan

        Unfortunately, Dorian, I do know. 🙂 I did leave the water running, after all.

    • I meant to post this days ago.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yN-6PbqAPM

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