The Price of Procrastination – A Lazy Man’s Confession

Well, this seems to be a recurring theme – I’m enthusiastic about posting on my blogs, I stick with it for a few days and then something comes up and I end up not posting for days or weeks at a time.

I wish I could say the above statement is entirely true. Unfortunately, it’s not. You see, stuff doesn’t usually come up; I just find ways to procrastinate and I end up not posting.

It’s not usually due to lack of content, mostly just lack of motivation. For those of you who know me, I’m not a loss of opinions or ideas, so that will probably never be the issue.

But, in the future it may not be lack of motivation either.

I finally got around to checking my New Business Blog email account, and by the time I finished cleaning out my nearly overflowing inbox, I was just about ready to kick myself for being so lazy.

There are two instances that really stick out in my mind. The first was an email dated May 30 (yeah, it’s been that long since I checked my email) from a copy editor at the Dallas Morning News. The editor was doing a story on high gas prices and simple things people could do to help reduce their fuel consumption and wanted to use the Daily Fuel Economy Tip as a reference in her article.

For those of you not in the know, the Dallas Morning News is the largest newspaper in the 9th largest city in the United States.

Needless to say, I wrote back to the editor, apologizing up and down for such a tardy response and letting her know I would be glad to be referenced in her article. Too bad the article was published on June 5.


The second email came from The emailer had noticed The New Business Blog, showed it to her boss who in turn wanted to send me a copy of his book, The Wisdom of the Flying Pig.

While this may not be as cool as being referenced in a large newspaper, it was neat to see that someone liked The New Business Blog enough to want to send me a copy of their book to read (and then, more than likely, post a book review).

So, again, I wrote another apologetic email, asking for a second chance. So, Ms. Emailer-Who-Will-Remain-anonymous, if you see this post, I still want to read the book!

Aside from trying to just get all of this off of my chest, there is a moral to this story: being a lazy procrastinator may seem like a good idea, but it pretty much blows. Just think, instead of talking myself into watching reruns of Seinfeld, The Simpsons and Law and Order, I could have just bucked up and continued writing seemingly good posts.

Or, at the very least, checked my email!

So, the next time you find yourself plopped down in front of the TV because you “have nothing else better to do” remember this article and try and coerce yourself to get up and do something.