Several millennia ago the church decreed that there were seven deadly sins. For the convoluted history of how this came to be start with Wikipedia and make use of its notes and references for an in depth study. The vices they settled on as the seven deadliest things one could hold in one’s being were, Pride, Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Anger, Greed, & Sloth.
But I think the good men of the church missed one. Procrastination.
Now, I know that one does not die from “putting off for tomorrow what can be down today.” However, the consequences delayed action could vary well lead to death of one sort or another. Death of an opportunity. Death of a goal. Death of aspirations and dreams. Which could very well lead to the death of one’s spirit. I say, procrastination should be considered one of the seven deadly sins if only because it will contribute to the death of my spirit.
The 7 Deadly Sins page on sloth defines it as “the avoidance of physical or spiritual work. But I don’t this really covers procrastination as it’s neither physical labor or spiritual pursuits that I am assiduously avoiding. I know what it is I have to do and I usual have a plan to accomplish it but I get to the task and put in off in favor or something more engaging or that doesn’t require me to make decisions. So is this sinful or just plain ole laziness?
I don’t know for sure. But what I do know for certain is, this habitual procrastination has to go away. Where you ask, well, in the words of the Egyptian Soldier in 10 Commandments (one of my favorite movies EVER!) “to hell I hope,” or Hades or Sheol or somewhere equally far and dastardly sounding. While it makes it’s way there, I resolve to complete one thing tonight that I have put off for another day. Review and edit an essay to attach to grad school application. Or else my dream of grad school abroad will die in my mind.
How do you keep yourself from putting off for tomorrow what can be done today?