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Why Procrastination Costs us Money

by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo) (follow)
I'm a freelance writer living in the beautiful river town of Mannum in SA, dreaming of the day I can retire from the 9-5 to write full time.
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Ok, we all know that procrastination (the bad habit of putting things off) can cause all sorts of issues.

Leaving a school or work project until the last minute and then finding the printer is out of ink, or running late for an appointment and the car wonít start - we've all done it. But putting things off can have a much more serious outcome.

What about putting off getting the car brakes serviced, or buying those much needed new tyres? Could you forgive yourself if this act of procrastination caused harm to someone you care about?

How about putting off getting that check-up? Having a pap test? Getting that mole looked at? This kind of procrastination can have fatal consequences.



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But the kind of procrastination Iím talking about here is probably the most common, and, as well as causing annoyance and wasting time, it can lose us a lot of money over the years.

A recent survey in America showed that the average person spends fifty-five minutes a day looking for lost or misplaced items. And what do most of us do when we canít find the item? We go out and buy a new one. How many times have you done this? I know I do, even though I pride myself on being pretty organised. I've bought maybe hundreds of pens, pencils and assorted stationery over the years, but rarely worn them out or used them up. I lose them. Donít ask me where they disappear to.

The same goes for things like socks. I donít think I've ever worn out a pair of socks. I really like the theory that dryer lint is the cremated remains of all our missing socks. It would explain a lot.

While itís much easier said than done, the old saying a place for everything and everything in its place makes a lot of sense. We need to make a conscious effort to put items away where we know we can find them easily. We should label containers, write lists and toss away things we really donít need.



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Thereís also another side to this habit - buying something with good intentions to use it and then letting it sit in the corner gathering dust. Yep, you know what Iím talking about: The exercise machine, the bread-maker, the fabric to make those new curtains, the paints and canvasses to begin your new career as an artistÖ.

We work hard to earn our money, and purchases like these should be carefully considered. Iím not saying donít buy them - Iím saying buy them if you really want them, but make sure you use and enjoy them and get your moneyís worth.

Whenever we pull out our purse or wallet to make a purchase, we need to stop and think; are we going to buy this item and procrastinate about using it? Or would we be better off to procrastinate about buying it in the first place?

# Life Skills
# Procrastination
# Money
# Organisation
# Self Care
# Self Control
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