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Why Do We Wait Until The Last Minute To Get Things Done?

Christmas Eve ShoppingIt’s Christmas Eve 2012 and many people are about to leave the house to go to the mall in order to start Christmas shopping.  Why?  Is it because of the sale prices?  Maybe.  Or is it because of something else?  Most likely.  Is it just a Christmas shopping thing? Nope.  It applies to many things.

For example, many people wait until April 15th to file income taxes; some people wait until a health situation is critical to go to the doctor, or dentist;  still others wait until the last minute to leave the house to get to work, school or day care provider (either to pick up or drop off); and many people wait to get started on a project or assignment that is due.  Some people rastify (rationalize + justify = rastify) it by saying they work better under pressure even though we don’t realize that pressure (stress) takes its toll on us spiritually, mentally, and physically.  Others loathe it but don’t know what to do about it.

So then, why do we wait until the last minute to get things done?

There are many reasons but for brevity sake, let’s consider two.

1.) We dread the effort it will take to get “it” done.  Many things get put off until the last minute because deep down inside we know we are going to have to through something to accomplish what we have to accomplish.  In other words, we know we are going to have to exert a significant amount of energy that many of us just don’t have.  So, instead of digging deep and taking care of business, we wait until we know we have no other alternative.  Then, as a measure of desperation, we lunge forward, full force, in order to get it done.  Personally, I have accomplished some pretty impossible things this way and afterwards have reassured myself by saying, “my best work always comes at the last minute.”  However, I really didn’t/don’t realize that I hadn’t experienced my best work because usually that comes as a result of careful thought, planning and time management.  Certainly, I didn’t realize that the stress factor makes the experience less bearable; or more bearable with a lower quantum of stress.

2.) We have not comprehensively gained order in every area of our lives.  Order provides a systematic way to get things done.  But, without it, we do things in a helter skelter manner.  That usually results in getting things done at the last minute because we were doing something else that needed to be done.  This is very common and usually remains as our mode of operation because simply put we either don’t know how to gain order or we realize that gaining order will require some significant effort.  Therefore, we dread it and as a result we keep putting it off.

However, for those who realize that it is time for a change, here are a couple of suggestions.  To comprehensively gain order in every area of life we can do these things:

  • List what we have going on in every area of our lives
  • Determine past due obligations, current obligations, and future pursuits (in every area of life)
  • Determine what’s recurring vs.what needs to be done on a one time or immediate basis
  • Determine what’s essential, beneficial, or merely optional

When these steps are followed, we will gain better command over time, energy, productivity, and most importantly, peace.

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Clarence J. Parks, JD, MDiv





What About 13? Is it Unlucky or Not?

The Number 13

Today is 12/13/12.  It is the day after the last sequential date we’ll see in the 21st century.  12/12/12 got a lot of attention because it signified foundation, completion, perfect government, etc. but we’ll never see 12/12/12 again in our lifetime.  That brings us to the number 13.  It is thought of as unlucky and awkward at best and at worst; scary.  It is a day that represents fear and wickedness.  For example, some people won’t leave the house on Friday the 13th and some office buildings don’t have a 13th floor.  It doesn’t matter where this misnomer started even though it is not hard to imagine that the father of lies had something to do with it.  That said, let’s turn our fear of 13 into an opportunity to confront our fears.  This is important because the year 2013 will be here before we know it.  When it gets here, what are we going to do?  Be scared everyday? or be courageous everyday?  I choose the latter.  Confronting fear can be hard if we go at it alone.  But, with help, our quest is not as difficult.  God is with us and never leave us nor forsake us.  In order to confront fear: believe and pray like Daniel did when he was in the lions’ den.  He said, “my God sent forth his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me…So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him because he believed in his God.  (Daniel 6:22-23).  We should do the same thing today (12/13/12) and in 2013 and everyday for the rest of our lives.

13 is not unlucky.  It is an opportunity.

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Clarence Parks