What's Up With Waiting Until The Last Minute?

Today was the last day before the two week Christmas break for the school district where I am employed as a substitute. As a mail room substitute, I've noticed that without fail, Friday is the day when some employees wait until the last minute in order to bring their department's postal mail to the mail room for processing, then expect that mail to be taken to the US Post Office.

Our closing time each day of the work week is 4:30 p.m. The mail room's cutoff time for receiving any mail that needs to go to the US Post Office is 3:00 p.m. If any incoming postal mail is received after the 3:00 p.m. deadline, that mail has to wait until the next day in order to be processed. However, some folks still bring their postal mail into the mail room at 4:25 p.m., expecting that mail to be processed an carried to the US Post Office the same day (at 4:30 p.m.).

Why do people wait until the last minute in order to bring their mail to the mail room for processing? The key problem here is procrastination, caused in part by poor planning, no planning, or just plain laziness. Somehow, people think that if they put something off long enough, it will suddenly become an emergency for someone else to handle. There's an old proverb that says, "Bad planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part" (source).

Another reason why folks wait until the last minute to do something, is simply because they are incessantly talking to their fellow employees and time slips away from them. The solution here is to cease talking and start doing (Proverbs 10:19; Proverbs 17:27 NET). People have a tendency to talk something to death instead of getting their job done wasting both time and energy.

What's the solution to procrastination and waiting until the last minute? Prioritizing our time and our tasks, getting the most important tasks out of the way first (Matthew 6:33), and then gradually getting the less important tasks done before the end of the workday.

Beloved, we have to be responsible people! With regards to our salvation, we can't wait until the last minute to render obedience to Christ at 4:25 p.m., and then expect God to allow us into heaven at 4:30 p.m. (2 Corinthians 6:2 NET).

Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets