Congratulations! You are a devoted member of one of the largest clubs that humans have ever embraced. You are a procrastinator, putting off for tomorrow what should be done today. Don’t feel bad, at some point in life, we’ve all owned a membership card.
Fight Procrastination Day, observed annually on September 6, is brought to you by nagging friends and family that want you to resign from the club. If your Christmas tree is still up, or your attic is bulging with twenty years of junk, or the fines on that library book have accrued into triple-digits, it’s time for an intervention.
Our tendencies toward procrastination begin early in life. We would put off cleaning our rooms or writing those book reports. In college, term papers were completed under the duress of hangovers because attending parties was far more important.
We fail to rise and shine promptly when the alarm goes off. At work, new files are relegated under piles of old files. The bathtub drain has been clogged for six weeks because you need a tool that is buried somewhere under the junk in the garage. Annual routine physicals become biennial ‘routine’ physicals.
Use Fight Procrastination Day to own up to your responsibilities and take action. Select two or three unfinished tasks and make the decision to complete them on September 6. Now go mark your calendar. Do it now!