Interstellar Adventures

October 19, 2005

Last Minute

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 8:12 am

I’m an admitted procrastinator. I’m really good about getting most things done right away, but sometimes there are just these projects that I will put off and put off. It’s not something I’m proud of, but I seem to gain sudden inspiration at the last minute. In college, I turned out some really good papers at 3 am.

My kids are just as bad as me. Neither one of them can seem to remember that they have a project due or a form for me to fill out until we are walking out the door to go to school. This morning, it was Elle. “Oh Mom. I’ve got something for you.” She digs in her backpack. I walk back to my bedroom to get my sweater, and she follows me. I’m standing in my closet, buttoning my sweater, and she says “We need to find a picture of me as a baby or a toddler, and a picture of me from now, and then you need to fill out this paper. It’s for a project we’re doing today.” I look at my watch. “Elle, you realize we don’t have time for this today. School starts in fifteen minutes. We’ve got to go.” “But Mom! It’s for something we’re doing today!” I apologize to her and say “I’m sorry, but you should have told me about this last night.” I take the paper from her, we walk out to the kitchen, I place the paper on the table, grab her hand, and we walk out the door. The whole time, she’s pouting and whining. I ignore her pouting and whining.

Zed has done this before too. I blame part of my problem on my mom. She was a stay-at-home mom, and if I forgot something, I could go down to the office and call her, and she could bring it right up to school. I did this on more than one occasion. My kids don’t have that luxury. I work, and even though I work close to home, I still don’t have the time to run home, find what they need, and then take it to them. I’m hoping they will realize this. I try to help them be more organized, but I think I’m fighting a losing battle. My genetics are too strong in them. Is there gene therapy for this kind of thing?

Are you a procrastinator? Has it ever really got you in trouble? What’s your worst habit?


  1. I’m a planner…plan, plan, plan. I don’t like waiting till the last minute, it freaks me out. Sorry, I can’t help on this one!

    Comment by Carnealian — October 19, 2005 @ 10:06 am |Reply

  2. I am very much a procrastinator, and always have been. I had a four day weekend and didn’t grade a single one of my midterms.

    Back when I was a kid, going to the school where both my parents taught, I often pulled the “I forgot this at home” when I hadn’t done my homework. This was in a small village, and we lived 5 blocks from school (The town was 6 blocks wide) so the usual responce was “Go home and get it.” I would do so, only I would rush home and try to do the assignment. When I got back, the other students, and sometimes the teacher, would ask why I was gone for an hour. I told them I had felt sick and had needed to go to the bathroom while I was home. They even believed me.

    Comment by Coyote Mike — October 19, 2005 @ 10:14 am |Reply

  3. There’s some things which go more into the procratinate category, but when I want to do something, then i am a great believer in moving into action.

    Its always a time balance, “so little time, so much to do” so knowing the things that can get enacted is important. Alongside this comes a few items that can wait (but hey, theres also things that can be done fast with little loss of quality, freeing time for others).

    And its still important to have some time to chill.

    And ‘Hello, Michele sent me’ – I’m also going to take a look around.


    Comment by rashbre — October 19, 2005 @ 1:24 pm |Reply

  4. I am a planner, too. I even have blog posts a few days ahead — unless my well is running dry.

    I hate to wait until the last minute. I had a sign in my office that said “Lack of adequate planning on your part does NOT constitute an emergency on my part.” If someone needed something from me for their project and waited until it was due to lay it on me, I merely prioritized it within my current work load. If they needed information sooner, they should have asked sooner.

    I’m still that way today. If someone wants something (of a non-life-threatening nature) they need to give me a LOT more than five minutes notice. Otherwise they can wait. If they get mad, then it’s their problem and not mine.

    Now, spontaneous is a whole other subject… 😉

    Comment by FTS — October 19, 2005 @ 1:30 pm |Reply

  5. I prefer having a plan…with some time left open for spontaneity of course! NOT a procrastinator, but my kids pull that “oh yeah, there’s this thing I need today…” stuff once in a while too!

    Comment by abbynormal — October 19, 2005 @ 1:50 pm |Reply

  6. Am I a procrastinator? I’m not going to bother finding out!

    Comment by Jean-Luc Picard — October 19, 2005 @ 2:08 pm |Reply

  7. not so much a procratinator as I am forgetful. i swear my memory is going and I am only 31.

    Comment by Beanhead — October 19, 2005 @ 2:32 pm |Reply

  8. I’m a little bit of both. I plan not to procrastinate, but then it ends up happening anyway! I’ve produced some of my best work under pressure.

    Comment by SnotSucker — October 19, 2005 @ 2:46 pm |Reply

  9. I wait until the last minute on some things, if not most. Packing comes to mind. I guesstimate how much time it will take me, then begin about thirty minutes after that 😉

    Don’t like planning. Prefer spontaneity. Plans just seem to fall thru too often.

    Comment by Bone — October 19, 2005 @ 4:33 pm |Reply

  10. I’m the same way. The mention of the 3am term papers made me laugh! I don’t know how many papers I did at the very last minute in high school and college, and passed all of them!

    Thanks for stopping by for Michele’s Site of the Day!

    Comment by Samantha — October 19, 2005 @ 6:38 pm |Reply

  11. I work with all procrastinators. When somebody tells me they’ll do something, they never do. When I say I’ll do something, I am expected to get it done.

    Comment by MarkD60 — October 19, 2005 @ 9:04 pm |Reply

  12. My husband is the procrastinator. I am the planner, scheduler in the family. He drives me crazy with that too. I have to be organized or my life with triplets would swallow me whole!

    Comment by mommy d — October 20, 2005 @ 12:50 am |Reply

  13. I’m the procrastinator and my mom, dad and brothers are also, so it’s a life long habit to break.
    My hub and his entire family are natural born planners. You can see where the conflict arises!

    I don’t like procrastination and it’s caused problems for me in the past. I have learned a few things from hub and his family by observing.
    For example, they always put their car keys and purse in the exact same spot, NO MATTER WHAT! that took me forever to get into the habit of doing, but it’s made a big difference.
    If he has tickets to an event or important papers, it always goes in one spot, and one spot only. He doesnt move the tickets to another location the next time around. That way we always know where to look.

    I’ve found if I stop and mentally think about what i’m going to be doing the next day, or in days to come, I plan things better.
    Lists.. I make 100’s of lists. I’m just not a natural at organizing!

    Interesting, both the kids take after their Dad because he gets on their case if he even senses them procrastinating. I don’t say anything because I don’t want them to end up like me, waiting till the last minute!!!

    Should we start a section on our blogs where we offer (or look for) solutions to this problem? LOl

    Comment by Laura — October 20, 2005 @ 9:57 am |Reply

  14. I try not to procrastinate, however, I do it too. You shouldn’t feel so bad. It’s hard to keep up with kids these days.

    Comment by Jolynn — October 20, 2005 @ 10:54 am |Reply

  15. I am procrastinating right now……..

    That’s why I have a pit in my stomach.

    Good luck on the marathon!!!

    Comment by Raehan — October 20, 2005 @ 12:29 pm |Reply

  16. Me, I procrastinate procrastinating…

    Comment by cube — October 21, 2005 @ 9:48 am |Reply

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