Perspective: Stop the Laziness

Ever have those moments when you kind of snap out of it and think to yourself "wait, what?" It can be in any context, any time and about almost anything. The other day I had one of those "ah ha" moments, followed by renewed thinking and a burst of gratitude. I know -- it sounds a little eye-rolling, whatever-ish, but bear with me for moment.

There are times when my desire to be efficient leads to laziness.  It sounds like an oxymoron, but I had this the other day when I thought to myself, "come on, just do it."

On the ground floor of our building is the loading dock. Nothing special or unique about it, but it's where we dump the broken down cardboard boxes to be recycled. We flatten them in our condo and take them to the service elevator, which goes right to the dock. Easy enough, right?

Saturday afternoon as I was planning my day, I looked at the stack of boxes, knowing they needed to go down. Then I remembered I parked at the OTHER end of the garage, so going down the OTHER elevator would be way more convenient. "Well," I thought to myself, "I can take them another time." It was in that moment when I snapped to and realized how silly that sounded. 

I have two legs that work, shoes on my feet and arms that can easily manage the stack solo. The condo will look more organized and I can stop stepping over them every time I walk through the foyer. I mean, does it really matter that I have to walk a little further to get to my car?

It was in that moment that I realized there are plenty of times that I say to myself "I'll just do it later -- it doesn't make sense to do it now." Ultimately, it's more of a justification to do it later and an excuse not to do it now. Have you ever done this?

Sometimes it doesn't make sense logistically, but other times I just need to do it. I have Goodwill donations in the trunk of my car, dry cleaning in the back seat and a wedding gift that I need to exchange. I seemingly, everyday, look at them and say "I'll do it later." Most of the decisions come down to perspective - what it is that I want to do vs. what do I NEED to do.

Today, I make the decisions to do the things I NEED to do, so tomorrow I can do the things I WANT to do. Anyone agree?