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Want to Be Overwhelmed?  Then Procrastinate, Please

October 11
This is Day 11 of the 31 Days to a Better Life: Living Life on Purpose series.  {Subscribe here.}  You can find all of the posts here.

Don’t procrastinate, no matter how exhausted you are.  Don’t leave things until the last minute, like I do. When you decide you’ll do it later, you only add stress to another day.  Yes, a week’s worth (oh, is it two week’s worth?) of laundry will overwhelm you on Saturday when it’s time to go to your daughter’s soccer game in a dirty uniform.

What’s one thing you can do each night, that you typically ‘leave for later’ and regret it? It may be a household task or something for the kiddos you leave undone.  Although you’re tired at the end of the day, try doing it tonight. 

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Don’t Procrastinate on the Household Tasks

Try doing a few of the following household tasks.  If you are already doing them, maybe there’s something else you can add.  If you’re not a procrastinator, I would love to know what keeps you going!
  • Put in a load of laundry each night, saving you the headache of trying to do it all on a busy family weekend.
  • Put your shoes up in the shoe caddy or in your closet when you first take them off.  Making that one trip to the bedroom takes a lot less time than the dozen trips through the house looking for the shoes in your living room, under your bed and everywhere else you may have been the night before.  This is one suggestion I need to put to use myself.
  • Wash out the crockpot, instead of letting the cheese in it harden.  Isn’t a crockpot supposed to make your life easier?  Use it (and clean it) correctly and it will.
  • Decide what you and your children are going to wear to work and school the night before. This saves time looking for matching garments, as well as giving you the opportunity to throw a few things in the washer that you’ll need the next morning.

Don’t Procrastinate on Spending Time with Your Child(ren)

Don’t put off doing something with your child one more night.  Don’t procrastinate on creating those special memories with your child.

  • Go outside and throw the ball back and forth or chase your little one around as he exerts enough energy to sleep good that night.
  • Snuggle on the couch while you watch your favorite comedy, or even some cartoons.
  • Maybe even turn off that television and tickle that little one of yours.  If you have to skip a load of laundry tonight to make this happen, then please, please, do it. (Yes, it’s okay to completely ignore my first suggestion to do household tasks, if it means more time with your children.)
  • Read a bedtime story to your child.  Skip a night, then two, then it’s become a habit of not reading to your child at all.  He or she will be going off to college in the blink of an eye.

These I don’t believe are typically put off intentionally.  You and I get busy with all we have on our to do list and more times than not, family time gets pushed to the edge and falls off, simply because it’s not on our to do list.  Add it to your calendar or daily checklist, if that’s the only way it’ll get done.

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While many of these ideas are ones you heard of, are you really putting them to use?  Are you making your life easier by doing what you can each day?  Procrastinating is too easy.  Don’t succumb to it.  Fight it with all of your strength. Otherwise, you pay for it, either with a messy house and frazzled mornings, or children who you feel don’t know you because you didn’t spend as much time with them as you could’ve.

What will you choose to do tonight to make your weekend easier?  What will you choose to do tonight to create a special memory with your child?  (Leave a comment below.)


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Day 11


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    October 12 at 1:54 am

    Even though I’m exhausted every night, I always make sure that my kitchen is clean and the dishes are done. I hate waking up to a dirty kitchen! It doesn’t bother me that there are toys spread across the family room or a pile of laundry that needs to be washed but dirty dishes in the sink… gross!

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    October 12 at 5:03 pm

    I have to agree with the kitchen one too…there have been so many nights that I feel too exhausted to clean, but I always do because I DREAD waking up to a dirty kitchen!

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    Michelle - The Happiness Blogger
    October 17 at 2:02 pm

    I could have majored in procrastination in college! I am a master at it. I have been getting better. For example, I wash the dishes immediately so the sink is never full of dishes. baby steps 😉

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