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The #1 reason why it’s bad to procrastinate

Late at night, like, at the last-minute, I write my story for a writing challenge I’m in. Write a slice of life story every day in March. Tonight I sat down to write, and then it happened. The #1 reason why it’s bad to procrastinate.

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Can you guess the #1 reason why it’s bad to procrastinate from the black photograph I used as an image for the story? Why would I use a photograph of black? It’s a photograph of my writing studio.

Did you guess: the power went out?

Well, you’re right. The power went out.

The #1 reason it’s bad to procrastinate: the power might go out and you won’t be able to finish your story

The power was out and I didn’t know when it would come back on, so I went to bed. I was devastated. When I finished writing my story I was going to make whipped cream and strawberries. There was no power so I couldn’t whip the cream.

I fell asleep.

“You can’t just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood.
What mood is that?
Last-minute panic.”
― Bill Watterson

From a sound sleep my husband woke me. He said, “The power is back on. You can finish your story.” My first thought was, I can make whipped cream now. 

I made whipped cream, cut up the strawberries and sat down in front of my computer to write my story.

The #1 reason it’s bad to procrastinate: the power might go out and you won’t be able to make strawberries and whipped cream

The power went out again. I was so relieved to have my strawberries and whipped cream. I sat in the dark and ate them.


Then the power came back on and I finished my story.

“If it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would get done.”
― Rita Mae Brown



What do you think is the #1 reason not to procrastinate?

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About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • EmFairley

    My personal #1 reason not to procrastinate can also be represented by your black image… The dreaded writer’s block can halt all attempts to string even two words together and it seems to be at it’s evil best when the deadline is just hours, or worse still, minutes away

  • Brenna Michels

    I love this post. So, the #1 reason I procrastinated on stringing together ‘some sort of before midnight post’ is that my smaller little is transient because his room is mid-remodel. I laid on the floor beside his tiny little bed thinking of the post I would write and then falling asleep…and I’d wake back up and wonder if I could even still make it. The good news is that a) we both did; b) you have treats and I have a sleeping toddler; and c) now we can both sleep. Because we should.

    • Hello Brenna,
      A sleeping toddler, I can’t think of any better reason to not write until later.
      I went to be at 4 in the morning, which would be today. Silly me. Another writing deadline. And, that will be the last time I do that.

  • Matt Ball

    The #1 reason not to procrastinate is…because (speaking for myself) no matter how much I claim that I work best under pressure, I really work best when I have time to plan and flex my creative muscles.

    Although there’s nothing wrong with strawberries and cream, either…

    • Matt Bell,
      You are totally right. The more time we have to plan and create the more creative we are.
      Nice photograph too by the way. Love the haircut.