You know what time it is. Its that time of night when you’ve just gotten home from work, the gym, or small group and there are only a few more little things to accomplish before bed. Things as simple as print twenty copies of the Christmas letter. Balance the checkbook. Add the Christmas party to the calendar. Three things. It can’t be that difficult, right? Not true.
At this particular time of night, it doesn’t matter how hard you try, there is no chance you can accomplish all three tasks with any semblance of simplicity. If everything appears to be going smoothly, check the letters on the printer to make sure they’ve all printed. You may discover, to your abhorrence, that the ink cartridge expired approximately 19 copies ago. No fear, changing an ink cartridge is easy, right? Not true. At this particular time of night, changing an ink cartridge is like trying to lead five dinosaurs on the end of a single rope. First you have to find five dinosaurs, then you have to capture them, train them how to lead, and then, and only then, can you even attempt to lead them. By the time papers are printing again, you have gone through two ink cartridges, multiple pieces of nice, snowflake-covered paper, and shed numerous tears. Nineteen more pages print off, and you’re done. Except, wait, miscommunication between the printer and your computer caused one print job to print twice, leaving you with nineteen double-sided copies–of the same thing. Its back to square one. Step A: print twenty copies of Christmas letter side one. Step B: reload the papers into the printer. Step C: print twenty copies of Christmas letter side two.
That task done, its on to balancing the checkbook, a dreaded task no matter the time of day. At this particular time of night, balancing the checkbook is more like balancing fifty dishes of ice cream in one hand while trying to walk down stairs without tripping over the dog. You get the idea. Between bank errors, operator errors, and math miscalculations, what seems to be a simple task becomes a nightmare that might double as a horror film.
Nearly two hours later, the only thing left to do is add the date of the Christmas party to the calendar. What day was it on again?
So you see, when it is that particular time of night, the time of night when you’ve just gotten home from work, the gym, or small group and there are three minor tasks to accomplish…its best to push them off until tomorrow!