The miracle is not to fly in the air, or to walk on the water, but to walk on the earth.

~Chinese Proverb~

Tax deadline spotlights procrastination: Nuisance habit or problem?

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2012 - Some of us remember one or both parents hovering over tax forms, a pencil in their mouth, madly punching numbers into a mechanical calculator. Somehow, they managed to stuff the IRS envelope and make it to the post office before midnight on April 15th, year after year. It is quite a feat of timing when you think about it, almost an art form.

Procrastination is, however, considered and undesirable trait despite its popularity. Those called procrastinators are usually people who put off unpleasant tasks, but there are other kinds of activity people put off too. Thinking for one’s self, or considering the emotional impact our actions have on others, are two intangibles that people can avoid.

We put off boring, challenging, and anxiety producing activities, opting for pleasurable ones, even when we know the more difficult, scary, or mundane eventually must be done. Many a procrastinator has asked, “Does it matter that much, as long as things get taken care of?”

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