the cost of procrastination

The Cost of Procrastination

It’s kind of ironic that my last post, The Procrastination Syndrome: A Terrible Habit, was about how procrastination has plagued me my whole life, and here I am, shipping a blog post past the deadline, only a week later!

Why is this post shipping late? Well, I spilled water all over my desk and my mouse died. I had to clean up a mess and find an extra mouse. I also shouldn’t have waited until the day the blog post was due to write it. Lesson learned. Start keeping a content calendar.

Over the last week, I’ve started to take more of inventory of how I’m spending my time. While I am doing better than last week, there is still plenty of room for improvement.

I heard a quote the other day that really got me thinking about how much procrastination has really cost me, not just financially, but in lost opportunities and, more importantly, time.

Procrastination = giving up one life.

And when you think about it, it’s true. Our time is a limited resource. You can always earn more money, but you can never earn more time.

I am not procrastinating on simple tasks, what I’m procrastinating on, is living my life. I must stop putting off until tomorrow what I can do today.  I don’t want to die having lived an unlived life.

What have you been putting off that you know should be working on? What dream do you keep putting off?

One of my dreams has to always own my own business, but it never seemed like the time was right. I realized it was never the right time because I never made the time. I’m happy to announce my new project, Ruckus Studio.

It’s still a work in progress, and while I may not have completely eliminated procrastination over the course of a week, I’m just aiming to be 5% better than yesterday.

Stop wasting time. Don’t give up.