What Is The Price Of Procrastination?

12 Jan



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Welcome, video watchers. This is Fran Kelso, with https://build2winaffiliates.com. Here is your second Alaska story, in which I will show how procrastination can actually become a motivator.

In training courses for online affiliate business, we are warned of the dangers of procrastination. We are urged to stay focused; to take action; to avoid the trap of thinking we can do it later, rather than now. We must ask ourselves, “What is the price of procrastination?”

For 20 years, I lived on Banjo Beach on Spruce Island, close to the Native village of Ouzinkie. For a period of five years during that time, a friend named John shared the homestead with me.

John and I got along quite well, except for one habit of his that drove me nuts. He was a classic procrastinator. However, once he actually used his bad habit to find a way to accomplish a goal successfully.

Now, I do admit that sometimes when you are working on a specific project, and especially when you are writing, you have to leave time for ideas to distill in your head. If you are such a person, put that project on a back burner and take action on something else. Then you are letting your ideas percolate and will need to give them time to settle. Procrastination is acceptable here.

Quote: Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. (Napoleon Hill)

If you watched the first Alaska video, you’ll remember that I finally had running water in the kitchen. We’d installed a submersible pump, powered by my generator, into the creek.

From the pump, a long hose snaked up to the house and in through the kitchen wall. Now, when the genny was on, I could have running water with the flip of a switch.

Now it became easy to fill all my storage containers. However, when I boiled up a big kettle of water for washing dishes, where did I dump the grey water when done?

Quote: If you have goals and procrastinate, you have nothing. If you have goals and you take action, you can have anything you want. Thomas J. Vilord

For about a year, I had to deal with a five-gallon bucket under the sink. If I forgot to dump it in time, I’d have dirty water all over the kitchen floor.

I wanted a drain installed that would allow the water to go down the sink, out the pipe, and outside, all the way to the beach. I badgered John to get this job done, and in his classic fashion, he procrastinated.

He knew the job needed doing. He just didn’t want to dig the necessary ditch so the drainpipe could be installed. Finally, his desire to see the job completed led him to an alternate solution — he would become a Tom Sawyer and find someone else to dig for him.

Quote: How does a project get to be a year behind schedule? One day at a time.

Now, John had his own set of buddies at the beach. One of them, his 17-year-old nephew, Nate, lived with us for a year and went to school in the village. Another, a Russian Orthodox monk, lived at the end of the island in a cabin in Monk’s Lagoon. His name was Father Ioasaph (Pronounced Yo-SOPH.) A Ouzinkie friend, Nick Pestrikoff, called Father Ioasaph “the round man in the black dress.”

These three, John, Nate, and Fr. Ioasaph, spent some time together on various excursions in our 24-foot wooden Opheim dory, built right on Spruce Island. John coined a name for the three of them: “The hunk, the punk, and the monk.”

John decided Nate should dig the ditch. Under John’s close supervision, Nate got the hardest part of the ditch dug — out from the house and down the little hill to the land at creek level below.

I am not sure what form of bribery John used to get Nate to dig that ditch — perhaps he threatened to withhold meals. Perhaps he told Nate if he didn’t dig, all he’d get to eat was Spam.

As it came in a can and could keep indefinitely, Spam gained the name “Aleut Steak” from the villagers, as they could always cook some up for a main course when no fresh meat was available.

Nate hated Spam. That year at Christmas-time, as a joke, my Ouzinkie friend, Georgia Smith, created a Spam cookbook for Nate. The book contained an array of classic recipes used in village kitchens. I wonder if Nate still has that book?

Quote: Someday is not a day of the week. (Janet Dailey)

At any rate, Nate got half the job done, then quit, telling John he had other things to do, and John could finish the job himself. That wasn’t going to happen. Instead, John next appealed to Father Ioasaph, asking him if he would complete the digging.

Father Ioasaph, who affectionately called John “the fallen Lutheran,” must have agreed because he knew John, and he knew we needed that ditch, and that John was not going to get the job done.

At least, Father got the easier part of the job. When he finished, John did not procrastinate at all, but got the drainpipe in and down to where the water would run out, high on the gravel beach, where it would filtrate into the beach gravel very well. He enjoyed such work, so felt no need to put it off until later.

Magic! Now I could pour water into the sink and it would travel out and far away. We had a celebration on the beach that day.

Quote: The only difference between success and failure is the ability to take action. (Alexander Graham Bell

Without John’s procrastination, the ditch would have been done a year earlier. However, he let his bad habit lead him to a different solution.

The lesson here for those of us with online business: If you don’t want to do a job that has to be done, learn to delegate. Find another person who has the skills needed and hire them to help you. Otherwise, do it yourself in a timely fashion. Just get ‘er done!

If you hire someone, it will cost you, and it may take more time to get the job done. However, now and then one must utilize more than one way to accomplish a task.

Quote: Procrastination is opportunity’s natural assassin. (Victor Kiam)

Are you looking for an online business? Have you already found one? If you are still looking for an online business opportunity and live in a remote area, I urge you to check out my company, Wealthy Affiliate.

Go to my website, https://build2winaffiliates.com, and click on any Wealthy Affiliate banner or image and you will be taken to a page where you can learn everything about this business. You may be led to a life-changing experience — it has been for me.

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14 Replies to “What Is The Price Of Procrastination?

  1. You endured so much, Fran and procrastination in any part of life truly have its price.
    You have shared another wonderful part of your Alaskan life my friend and I thoroughly enjoyed learning about how you lived and the struggles you endured along the way.

    • Thank you, Vicki, for your continued faith in me. I appreciate you, my dear, and will be happy to share more of my Alaska adventures with you. Just trying to decide which one to write about next!

  2. Hey, I think procrastination is the killer of Dreams. once you find your passion, you have to master it so that you can get paid to do it. For example oh, I want to get 10000 hours of practice in guitar And master it. Every time I choose to spend my time doing anything else, then I lose valuable practice time. Which adds up a lot in the long run.

    • The killer of dreams — good, apt description.  What a good suggestion:  Find your passion and master it so you can be paid to do it.  What better way to spend your days?  For me, I always wanted to be a writer, so adding content to these websites is very fulfilling for me.  

      Staying focused is vital, isn’t it?  If you move in the direction of your passion and get sidetracked, it is sometimes hard to get back on course.  Then, as you say, you lose valuable time.  We must stay focused and we must act.  We can’t just dream and wish; we have to do.  We need to keep moving forward. Procrastination inhibits progress.

      Go well; find your path and move forward; the goal will keep coming closer.

  3. Hello, I really want to first appreciate your effort in putting this great website together and writing this article. i was touched by your story. i started my online business about three years ago but it felt impossible to achieve anything good. i was procrastinating until i decided to give it my all. thanks for this post

    • Glad the post helped.  Yes, you can achieve something good.  First, believe you can do it.  Then, decide what you want more than anything else in the world.  Then set a goal to move toward that desire, and don’t let anything stop you.  If you keep trying and keep moving, eventually you will figure out what works.

  4. Thanks a lot for such an amazing review about What Is The Price Of Procrastination? and the explanation is given.

    I have heard of Procrastination many times, so I decided to search the internet. I have read many articles about it, but these are the best ones I have found with a lot of useful information. We have to follow our goals set in life to get somewhere

    Thanks again and keep in touch.

    • You are welcome — glad you liked the post.

      Procrastination can affect any of us.  It’s something we have to be aware of and to guard against.  If we procrastinate, we stop our forward progress.  That does us no good.  Once we set a goal, if we wish to keep moving toward it, we have to take action, not once, but over and over again.  It is only through action that we will achieve those goals.

  5. Hello there,thanks for this awesome article it would be of great help to the public as it has been of help to me.i must that one of the problem that we have in this generation is privatisation and I must say as your video has highlighted it has very  bad repercussion.

    • It does help to perform tasks without procrastinating.  If we can move forward in a steady fashion, we will be farther ahead than if we put it off for indefinite periods of time.

    • Your habits are your habits. A friend who is a writer asked me to express the idea that, for writers, sometimes procrastination is important, so you can let all the details of your story settle and clarify. Okay, I’ll accept that. Other types of procrastination might be cause for some hard thinking. Meanwhile, I have a bunch of reasons why I am procrastinating typing up that last video story.

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