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Posted By: DaveB In Response To: Procrastination... STUPID STUPID STUPID!!! (MaaMaw)
Monday, 17 April 2006, at 11:57 a.m.
In Response To: Procrastination... STUPID STUPID STUPID!!! (MaaMaw)
Welcome to my world. I'm one of those people who stand in line outside of the post office at the last minute (tonight) to mail my tax return. I do my Xmas shopping at 11.30pm Xmas eve, I've been known to do it at a convenience store or gas station (maybe that's why I'm divorced). I put off doing my laundry until I run out of underwear. I go grocery shopping when I have absolutely NO food..We are a sad bunch..:O(
> This is more than a whine... it's a smack upside the head!!!
> I'm a professional procrastinator. It isn't just for fun(?!).
> My life is overloaded and always has been. It didn't get that way by
> accident. I allowed it to happen.
> True, working 20 hours a day 7 days a week wasn't by choice -- I had to do
> it to keep my business going and support my family during the first 15
> years --
> Or did I?
> No, I didn't. With better management skills, I could have done
> things so much differently, built my business bigger, and NOT ruined my
> daughter's childhood.
> So being overloaded has always been my excuse -- but really, it's no
> excuse at all.
> I'm trying hard to get life under control so that I can someday say,
> "I only do as much as I can do well," but I'm not there yet --
> not by a long shot.
> My latest screw-up??
> I missed the deadline to file a claim on the Blue Shield Class Action Suit
> that resulted in a $6.9 million settlement for the thousands of people who
> were cheated by Blue Shield over the past four years.
> I'm so upset I just want to sit down and bawl, but I really can't cuz the
> kids are doing their math and I don't want to derail school yet again.
> Why did I miss it?
> Because it was the day I was racing to get my taxes to the tax man.
> Why was I racing?
> Because I didn't get my taxes ready ahead of time.
> Hey... why does that have anything to do with it?
> I knew about the Blue Shield deadline over a month in advance, but it
> involved taking the time to fill out some forms, and -- you guessed it --
> every time I thought of it, I was racing to do something more important.
> I'm consoling myself with the thought that a $6.9 settlement won't go very
> far after they pay legal fees, so at worst I lost maybe a few hundred
> dollars (pretty unlikely), and at best I lost 10 bucks (like every other
> time I've been a "class member").
> But really -- in my current financial pickle, 10 bucks is 10 bucks -- and
> a few hundred... oh God, I can't even stand to think about it :-(
> My message to Procrastinators Everywhere:
> CUT IT OUT!!
> Really, there is NO excuse good enough!!!
On Staying Young
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