Have you ever signed up for something, been super duper excited about it, then realized “… uh … I don’t know what the heck I’m doing!?” when the time came?
I have. Very recently. Today, in fact.
A few weeks back, I thought it would be so much fun to volunteer with our church’s Vacation Bible School (VBS), so I filled out the form and signed up! Then last week, an email popped up in my inbox:
VBS is NEXT WEEK!
I’ll be totally honest, I procrastinated on opening it. In fact, I didn’t open it until the day before I was supposed to report. By then, several other emails had arrived in my inbox reminding me of my imminent doom. (Yes, I’m being dramatic, it’s okay, it’s a regular occurrence in the Overholser household.)
I read them through, marked them as unread, and pretended VBS wasn’t actually upon us. It’s fine – we still have days (or hours?) until it’s actually here.
I’m going to pause the story here, because I feel it’s important that you have the following information: procrastination doesn’t make things go away. In fact, it may actually make those things you’re trying to avoid show up quicker!
So back to the story – Monday arrived like any other. I still didn’t know what time I was supposed to show up for training + decorating. I hurried to get dressed and ready. (7 a.m.) I franticly herded the kids downstairs and shoved breakfast in front of them. (7:15 a.m.) I finally opened the email… and discovered I didn’t have to be there until 9 a.m. (7:30 a.m.)
Imagine a ridiculously long sigh of relief and annoyance.I was relieved because we suddenly had sooo much time. And annoyed because… well, we had sooo much time.
If I had faced the emails head-on instead of hiding from them, I would have saved myself a lot of stress, irritation, and trouble. I could have been more gracious to my family and to myself.
The next time one of those emails shows up, I’m going to deal with it right away instead of putting it off.