This past summer, while sentenced to my hospital bed, I actually had time to read a couple magazines. I’m way behind on my “real-life” stack of Family Fun, Everyday with Rachel Ray, MOPS Connections and Better Homes & Gardens. I once vowed to never subscribe to another magazine again because I never seem to find time to read them. But somehow, when I see the yearly subscription for $3-5, I just can’t resist. I mean, think of all the great ideas I can get from them! [Ignore husband’s rolling eyes.]
With great inspiration, I shortly thereafter called my husband’s cousin, Maria, to see if she wanted to plan an Un-Procrastination Day. Maria is definitely a no-nonsense person, but also lots of fun to be and laugh with. I knew she would be one to make the day of long put-off tasks enjoyable! Because of our busy schedules, we chose a day months in advance (you’d think we were crazy popular and living glamorous lives, but alas, it is just everyday life stuff).
9:05am Our second stop was a five-minute run into Staples. I had three ink cartridges to recycle. Maria had seven! Did you know that you receive $2 in Staples Rewards per cartridge you recycle? Great deal! (The previous weekend I got $10 for one HP cartridge! Watch the ads for their specials.)
11:00am Our next stop was to the Christian Bookstore. I didn’t have anything I needed here, but did end up buying a kids’ devotional book and a DVD from their $5 table. Maria needed more gifts. I was all excited because we used my new iphone (which I am still learning to use!) to search for a coupon for the store. Using Retail Me Not, Maria got 25% off her non-sale items. The store clerk just typed in the coupon code found on the “printable coupon” pictured on my phone. Woo-hoo for productivity and savings!
At 2:50pm, I pulled into my drive feeling very accomplished. I walked in the door eager to share stories of my success but only found the three other members of my household asleep. Oh well, quiet satisfaction would prevail. I had done 90% of what I set out to do and had a lot of fun doing it. In fact, Maria and I have planned another Un-Procrastination Day for the Spring. It seems this may be an every six month outing and Maria promises not to procrastinate on her list next time.
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