I don’t generally think of myself as a procrastinator. Recently I did something that made me eyeroll at the ridiculousness of it and of course I felt compelled to share in my not-my-best-moment story.
We moved our computer and desk out of the office as we consider how to makeover the room, and in doing that we have a temporary office setup. Once we moved places, I noticed my keyboard was “sticking” and not letting me type out the letters I wanted, or it would hold down the letter I was on instead of moving to the next one (imagine typing “this” and you see “tttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttth…”). It was annoying and I pushed the keyboard harder or retyped it over and over.
In reality, the keyboard simply needed a change of batteries. I kept putting it off and saying things (mentally) like, “Oh, I don’t want to switch it out until the keyboard is completely unusable, because that would be a waste of batteries.” I know, it’s the weird things we do to justify what we do.
Anyway, in trying to “save” batteries, I lost so much time by retyping and deleting and pecking at the keyboard. It was so much wasted time. I couldn’t believe how many excuses I kept thinking up to delay changing the batteries.
I finally switched out the batteries when I realized I was spending more time trying to fix the keyboard than actually get words typed out. And now, with fresh batteries, it was like that problem never happened.
I know this isn’t the only area in my life I or other people do this. I’ve seen people drag out every last drop of gas in their car, and then constantly stress out about running out of gas. I’ve seen people try to “save” money on not paying a bill yet to try to garner a little bit of interest in their bank account but then worry if they’ve paid the bill on time.
These are easy traps to fall into. I usually follow the two minute rule, which is if something takes less than two minutes, just do it. But this was a good reminder that sometimes in trying to save money/effort/time, I’m expending more than what I would actually get out of it.