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This 'n That
by Anne Vargas
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"Procrastination always gives you something to look forward to." 

how did this happen?

Anne Vargas
Anne Vargas

We DID clean the garage! I even wrote an article about it. In July of 2006, admittedly awhile ago. Apparently once is not enough and you are supposed to keep working on it (obviously, we did not) so for the past many months (maybe years) we have been ruefully acknowledging and even discussing, the need to do it again. We agreed to schedule it and put it on the calendar. But this isn’t the kind of undertaking that can be done in a morning, or even a day, and it seems so overwhelming that we just keep putting it off.

Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.

It would be a great spring project, we thought. But spring was bit too cool and we were traveling. Perhaps it would be better to wait until summer when it’s nice and warm and we can drag everything outside and sort through it. But summer was a bit too hot and we were busy, so autumn sounded like a better time; we assured each other we would get it all cleaned and organized before winter arrives.

But winter did arrive (several of them, as a matter of fact) and the disorder morphed into complete chaos. We know there are things in that garage we need but simply can’t locate because everything is buried under something else. And who knows what else might be lurking in there...those legendary monsters in the closet may have taken up residence. If I were a monster, I would!

Maybe if we leave the garage door open overnight someone might steal in and steal the stuff and the problem would be solved? That great idea resulted only in startled looks from neighbors who were horrified at the sight, along with the sudden appearance of advertisements in our mailbox for cleaning services.

Ignoring the voice in my head reminding me of the futility and hard work, I actually toyed with the idea of having a garage sale. Not for any profit, just in the hope that someone might take it all away. Sort of a “garage giveaway” (maybe we could pay them?) but in order to do that we would find it necessary to clean the garage...so we are right back where we started.

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Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.

But I have definitely resolved to stop procrastinating.
As soon as I get a

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