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Old 01-16-2015, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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As we age we begin to lose people we once knew and see medical changes for ourselves that may impact our ability to do things in the future. Things that once seemed easy or convenient may no longer be.

Even though I'm only 28, I've seen plenty of family members and even friends around my age say they were going to X or Y in the future, then that never comes to pass due to their own deaths, declines in their health, or life changes like having a baby or having to relocate. Nothing is guaranteed and all we have is the here and now.

If we do things sooner rather than later, we have a greater certainty of getting it done. If we defer doing something, we may be better financially prepared for it in the future, but that future may never come. Which option do you choose? Do you try to find a happy medium between doing as much as possible immediately and deferring everything until the future?
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Old 01-16-2015, 07:52 AM
 
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Let me think about it, and I'll get back to you.
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Old 01-16-2015, 08:38 AM
 
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If it's something fun that I want to do, like take a trip or see a play, I do it now.
If it's something that's a chore, like a dental visit, I do it later.
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Old 01-16-2015, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Central IL
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I tend to procrastinate but I'm really fighting it. Some of it is perfectionism and anxiety....but some is "why should I be bothered to have to do this stupid thing". And both attitudes have gotten me in trouble missing deadlines.
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Old 01-16-2015, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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As we age we begin to lose people we once knew and see medical changes for ourselves that may impact our ability to do things in the future. Things that once seemed easy or convenient may no longer be.

Even though I'm only 28, I've seen plenty of family members and even friends around my age say they were going to X or Y in the future, then that never comes to pass due to their own deaths, declines in their health, or life changes like having a baby or having to relocate. Nothing is guaranteed and all we have is the here and now.

If we do things sooner rather than later, we have a greater certainty of getting it done. If we defer doing something, we may be better financially prepared for it in the future, but that future may never come. Which option do you choose? Do you try to find a happy medium between doing as much as possible immediately and deferring everything until the future?
I'd have to say it depends on how important it is to me and is it something I really want to do. I am the world's worst procrastinator sometimes and I take forever to decide to DO something...or buy something. I admit, I think a lot about things I'm "going to do" and then one day I'll actually up and do it! My mom used to laugh at me about that. Everything in it's own good time.

As for "that future may never come"... I can't live my life thinking that way. Some things I've HAD to wait till the "future" to do and, thankfully, I'm still here to do them! We just have to take our chances I guess.
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Old 01-16-2015, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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I tend to procrastinate but I'm really fighting it. Some of it is perfectionism and anxiety....but some is "why should I be bothered to have to do this stupid thing". And both attitudes have gotten me in trouble missing deadlines.
I'm a procrastinator too but I quit "fighting it". lol If I HAVE to get things done, I do. If it really doesn't matter, I've got better things to do. I figure whatever it is will still be there when I get around to doing it.
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Old 01-16-2015, 06:20 PM
 
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I may be a little different since I tend to do things that "I have to do" or are 'necessary, but, unpleasant' first ... to get them out of the way. Then I can do what I want to do, without the other hanging over my head.
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Old 01-17-2015, 11:31 AM
 
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I, too, tend to do things that "I have to do". My dad insisted that no one in the family could play until all could play. Therefore, we six kids plus parents worked together to do the necessary things then we could be free. When I can play, I have nothing hanging over my head. jghorton said it above.
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Old 01-17-2015, 01:07 PM
 
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Definitely a do it now on most things except those needing planning. I for instance always throw things away or replace them correctly never leaving it for later. I always have remembered my father saying; I am gonna ;never did anything.
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Old 01-18-2015, 10:35 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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If it's something fun that I want to do, like take a trip or see a play, I do it now.
If it's something that's a chore, like a dental visit, I do it later.
I think that's what I do too.

Although as I get older, I consider I have to do things when I think about them, otherwise I'll forget about them altogether.
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