It is 10 a.m. on Saturday morning. It’s already 90 degrees, with humidity that makes if feel like 100. I’m just cooling down after spreading mulch in my flower beds for three hours. Arising at 6 a.m. I started before it got hot–it was only 80 then.
While I was sweating away at this project and shoveling mulch into my wheelbarrow from the pile that had been in my yard for over a year, I remembered what John Mason said: “Procrastination is the fertilizer that makes difficulties grow.”
I could have finished this project last fall, when it was cooler. I could have finished this project last winter, when it was much cooler. I could have finished this project in the spring, when it was cooler. But I didn’t. I procrastinated.
Did procrastination make this project more difficult? Yes. It did. Instead of rising at a decent hour and working leisurely for a day in cooler weather, I spread the work over five days, starting at 6 a.m. and sweating like a field hand until my clothes were soaked.
If I know so much that I write articles advising people not to procrastinate, why did I procrastinate? I can think of only one reason that makes any sense: It’s just my nature.
I did prove, however, that John Mason knows what he is talking about. “Procrastination is the fertilizer that makes difficulties grow.”
When duty comes a knocking at your gate,
Welcome him in, for if you bid him wait,
He’ll depart only to come once more
And bring seven other duties to your door.