Do you wait until the last minute to do things?

United States
April 10, 2007 9:27am CST
Hi. I admit that I wait until the last possible minute to do things. I feel like its hereditary. My entire family does this. Now my husband on the other hand, is always complaining about me doing this .He says that by waiting to do things sometimes I just cause my self more problems. Such as bill paying because sometimes I wait so long until I receive shut off notices. Getting ready to leave the house to be somewhere I leave at the last possible minute and then I'm usually late. I know i'm not alone here. Do you wait to do things? Does it cause you problems? Or do you get things done in advance?
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@tonyxxx (693)
• India
10 Apr 07
Yes I am also of the type who will wait for the last moment to do things.It is just because of my lazy nature.It is also because of my careless attitude towards life in general.Many times I have to pay fines for not paying the telephone bills on time.I will do any thing only when I think that there is no more escape for me.I will not do a thing till that thing has become an absolutely urgent thing.It do causes problems as I have to face humilation sometimes because of this nature.Also it also causes a lot of discomfort as once my electricity connection was cut off and I have to spend a night without power.But still it is very difficult for me to leave this bad habit.
@mizrak07 (557)
• Philippines
10 Apr 07
Yes you're not alone, I'm sure there are many of us who procrastinate. It's because there are things in our life that we need to do but we just can't learn to love. It takes very much effort to accomplish because we are not motivated to do it. This is not a good attitude and we should learn to get it out of our system. Otherwise, we will really be creating a lot of problems that we will regret later.
• United States
10 Apr 07
I will have to confess that I am a recovering procrastinator. I do get things done, eventually, but it really can become a problem. I guess when I divorced and everything fell on me to handle is when I had to learn to get some things done on time, make those calls, do that errand. Even though it has been a tough road. I will share something I heave been told with you that might make you feel better. I have been told that procrasinators are actually closet perfectionists, so you look like you may not care but really you don't have energy on something unless you can do it your way and perfect. Strange huh? I don't know but it is something to ponder. But you are NOT alone.
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@minty3 (592)
• Nigeria
10 Apr 07
I usually don't like working under pressure (even though i can survive) when i can easily prevent it. I like doing my things on time so that when situations i cannot handle crop up, i won't be too stressed up. You husband is right so try and adjust. I think you can if you make up your mind and try. Cheers!
• Singapore
10 Apr 07
For me, that will depends on what are the most important things to me. Like making money, of course i won't wait till last minute because every minute is money. For the less important things, i will always hold it ton the last minute then i do them.
• India
10 Apr 07
For the important things i usually prefer to do them as early as possible. But, when i have to reach a destination i am usually late. Because i depart at the last possible minute. And i ultimately end up late. Well, there are other things also that get late like repairing some cloth or shoes. I am really a couch potato.
@h_gaurd9 (988)
• United States
30 May 07
Yep, thats me! I can be a huge procrastinator sometimes and will put off things until later. Then before I know it, I'm doing something at the last minute. This has always been the case with me since I was young. I would never get things done and as a result, things are half finished. It's a habit that I'm trying to break and I hope that I will break it sooner.
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• United States
30 May 07
Yeah, I hope that I can also break this habit. much thanks=)
• Brazil
23 May 07
Not always, but sometimes I do, specially at college hahaha
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• United States
26 May 07
yeah definately with school. thanks and have a wonderful day=)
@prieya (25)
• India
22 May 07
Yes i do..i think its in ma genes...
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• United States
26 May 07
yeah, it' s definately in mine..have a nice day=)
@msjigga (866)
• United States
14 May 07
Hi deicated 28 I am so terrible I always wait until the last minute to do things. I am always paying my bills online or over the phone the day before they are due or sometimes I forget and dont pay them until I get a shut off notice. I am nothiing like my best friend she pays and then files her statement in a organizer as soon as her bills come in. I always wait until the last minute to get ready to go places. I am always late for things. I have gotten so bad that my kid is always late for school. Because not only do I wait until the last minute I am so slow in the Morning and so is my Daugther.
• United States
19 May 07
We sound exactly the same, oh well, think how boring the world would be if we did everything on time and then filed it away...lol
• India
13 Apr 07
If its a very important matter then i dont do it in the last minute. If we do it in the last minute then we wont be able to do well. So its a good practice to do things early itself.
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• United States
14 May 07
yeah, when under pressure you tend not to do a very good job. Thanks:)
• India
10 Apr 07
Hi i am like you but i dont wait but things turn that way ..I think i dont show seriousness in the begining and the process is delayed and I have to hurry up towards the end but my girlfriend is just the opposite..She is very systematic and always complain to me abt my lazy nature and not taking things seriously..I think one of us if is her type then the other one that is me has to be my type to maintain the balance.What do u think?
• United States
13 Apr 07
I think you are right. I liked the laid back type of way and do not want to stress about every little thing every moment of the day. It keeps things interesting.(LOL)
@dpk262006 (52292)
• Delhi, India
22 May 07
No, I do not wait till last minute to finish off the jobs. I intend to dispose of the matter timely. As regards, bill, I pay them timely, if possible, on line, I do not wait for the last day...because if some mishap takes place on the last day...then what I will do..I will have to pay late fee. I love to do things in advance, as far as possible. I believe that - Tomorrow never comes. And I follow it strictly.
@rb200406 (1825)
• India
22 May 07
I am just the opposite of you.Generally i complete my work in time .I am up to date & never really wait for the last minute.
@aweins (4203)
• India
22 May 07
NO, not at all, i am not a person who will wait until the last minute to do things, on the contrary, i would like to finish up the task much much before the date. i feel that if we go before we will not even find much rish there, because most of the people are like that only who wait for the last date. i am very particular about all that, like paying dues, bills, taxes and all. i dont want to wait, in long long line on the last day and then finally see a board of 'CLOSED". becaise i am late. my hubby is just like you, and the opposite of me. he says that i am too perfectionist, one should not be that much, but i cant hepl. it is genetic, i am from a family who is particular about eveything. what is to be kept where, what is to be done when, what is to be paid at what time ana so on........... so i got ll that habbit from my parents or you can say as for you , it is hereditary in me. life is already in so much of stress and all, i can t at all afford to take more of it now because of all these silly mistakes which i can avoid, today also i have to do and tomorrow also i have to do, so why not today.
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@bigcage (108)
• China
21 May 07
yep, i find the last minute is the time i can do things effectively. but if the thing is very important i won't venture, as soon as possible , you won't mess it up .
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@veldort (210)
• Finland
15 May 07
Waiting for the last minute is really normal for me :D . Sometimes I even wait till the thing should already be done :( .
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@magica (3710)
• Bulgaria
14 May 07
Usually i hurry to do all my work and to get rid of the obligations. But yes, sometimes it happens too and if something is not so pleasant for me, i say: ok, later...and later...and later. So the last minute is as the last train, you must catch it or you are lost!
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@janee84 (18)
• Pakistan
14 May 07
o man this discussion is surely on me...i wate and ate till the last min 2 come and when it comes i jus rush 2 complete my job...nd when it is completed i make a decision always not 2 do that againa and will do all my work on time but again i do the same thing!!!
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@vicky19810 (1601)
• China
11 Apr 07
ok,i see,friend,for me,i do not like to wait until the last minute to do something.if i plan to do somethings,i will do them so actively and not wait others happened first.but i think that this case is maybe different from every persons.
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