In some circles, to be fashionably late is considered the height of sophistication.
Today we all can be sleek sophisticates.
It’s National Be Late for Something Day.
No kidding. September 5 is always National Be Late for Something Day.
Take a look at the list of appointments you just have to keep today and make an informed choice about which of them you can shade by 15 or 20 minutes.
But try not to be so late that you miss one outright.
As Sherlock Holmes said, “A well-used minimum suffices for everything.”
Fight procrastination tomorrow
For people who by habit are not often late, National Be Late for Something Day is a chance to try something different.
What’s it like to be the last person through the door for a meeting?
What happens if you miss the bus by five minutes?
Damn, my TiVo® screwed me, and I missed the first ten minutes of ‘Twilight.’ Shoot.
So very many many people don’t know what it’s like to procrastinate.
That’s why there’s a Fight Procrastination Day.
It’s always September 6.
Find a friend who is never on time for anything, no matter what, and drag it to all of its appointments, meetings, etc., on time.
Hell, make it be early for one.
Expect it to complain and drag its feet.
Expect it to recite the Procrastinator’s Creed. (See below.)
While you’re practicing being late today, use the extra time to prepare your counter arguments.
- I believe that if anything is worth doing it will have have been done already.
- I shall never move quickly except to avoid more work or find excuses.
- I will never rush into a job without a lifetime of consideration.
- I shall meet all of my deadlines directly in proportion to the amount of bodily injury I could expect from missing them.
- I firmly believe that tomorrow holds the possibility for new technologies, astounding discoveries, and a reprieve from my obligations.
- I truly believe that all deadlines are unreasonable regardless of the amount of time given.
- I shall never forget that the probability of a miracle, though infinitesimally small, is not exactly zero.
- If at first I don't succeed, there is always next year.
- I shall always decide not to decide, unless of course I decide to change my mind.
- I shall always begin, start, initiate, take the first step, and/or write the first word, when I get around to it.
- I obey the law of inverse excuses which demands that the greater the task to be done, the more insignificant the work that must be done prior to beginning the greater task.
- I know that the work cycle is not plan/start/finish but wait/plan/plan.
- I will never put off 'til tomorrow what I can forget about forever.
- I will become a member of the ancient Order of Two-Headed Turtles (The Procrastinator's Society) if they ever get it organized.
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