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Chapter 1. The Procrastinator's Wake-Up ... > Is Your Resumé Gathering Moss? - Pg. 5

The Procrastinator's Wake-Up Call 5 You're Not Alone My worst procrastination problem is that I put off paying bills, even to the point of having services cut off. The stupid thing is that I always have the money in the bank; I just put off writing the check and mailing it out. It is embarrassing how poorly I manage this. I can't explain it. It's almost like I'm addicted to being a bum bill payer. --Chad P., insurance broker Even rushing to get places can cost you. When my husband and I put off leaving from our home just outside Manhattan for an event or appointment in the city, we have to make up driving time by taking the faster route, a tunnel instead of a bridge. Problem is, the tunnel has a four-dollar toll, but the bridge is free (not to mention the spectacular view of the Manhattan skyline we enjoy from the bridge versus the view of the back of 18-wheelers and the smell of exhaust fumes you get in the tunnel). A four-dollar toll is not exactly big bucks, but it's an unnecessary expenditure that can add up over time. If you want to get a more precise idea of how procrastination has hurt you financially, estimate a dollar value per year for each item you put a checkmark next to in the preceding list, and then add it all up. How bad is the grand total? What else could you have done with that money? We often don't realize what a significant financial toll procrastination is taking on our lives. If that's the case with you, don't dwell on the "lost" money; just use this realization as a wake-up call to get