Worst things first.

There are four things I must do over and over that I frankly (and ultimately inexplicably) hate doing.

1. Laundry. While I appreciate clean clothes as much as the average young adult, I am a far bigger fan of wearing one pair of jeans a lot of times. My disdain for doing laundry is not limited to the washing and the drying. Nay, friends — it is also the folding and the hanging and perhaps worst of all, the ironing (which is why I mostly only buy clothes if they seem like they’ll look the same after I crumple them). The first step leads to the rest of the steps, and I find all the steps tedious and boring. Which is why I can go two years without logging into Facebook but can’t go a week without running out of pants.

2. Filling my car’s gas tank. Fact: I have owned a car for nine years and I have never looked at a gas price (except for the time I accidentally pressed premium instead of regular and didn’t realize it quickly. You are not welcome, Mobil.). This is because I am irresponsible how much I am paying is irrelevant if “conveniently on my way to someplace else” is the answer to the following question: When and where am I getting gas? Because under any other circumstance, getting gas is worse than doing laundry.

3. Going to the bank. Let me preface this by saying I have never had a bad experience at the bank. I’m always easily in, always easily out. Which is why the dread that overcomes me when I realize a reason exists for me to drive there cannot be explained. I just don’t want to do it. Ever.

4. Unpacking. Because it always leads to [Please refer to point number 1 above.].

The point is this:

Regardless of the ease with which I could do it, I hate doing laundry and getting gas and going to the bank and unpacking. Which is precisely why, when one of those things is on my to-do list, it is always, as in, without exception, the thing I should do first.

When I decide to wait on any of the four aforementioned nuisances, I wind up realizing at, say, 1:14 a.m. on a school night, that I have no clean clothes, or I pull a Kramer in the car, or I owe a colleague a dollar for a year (I don’t own a debit card.) or I treat a very full suitcase like an ottoman.

Doing the worst things first challenges us. It feels unnatural to do what we don’t want to do. But many-a-time, I have learned the hard way that the following quote is so true:

“If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.” -Olin Miller

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  • “If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.” -Olin Miller

    You mean like how I have a pile of towel laundry nearly as tall as me?

    Or how I saved the creation for a quarterly newsletter until the week before it was due, and then my kids both got sick?


    I’m glad I’m not alone, here. But still, it would do me well to leave the procrastination behind, indeed!

  • You are definitely not alone! 🙂

  • Ahhh, yeah. I hate doing laundry too. Especially the sorting, folding and putting away. Even though when I actually buckle down and do it (always while listening to a book on CD) it’s really not too bad. Almost, enjoyable sometimes. But I have such a hard time getting myself to start the task.
    And I hate getting gas, and unpacking SO much too!!! Even when the laundry in my suitcase is completely clean because I washed it all before I repacked (at my family’s house, usually.)

  • @Christy: I think unpacking is hard for me, too, because somewhere deep down, I realize that in doing so, I’m admitting that the vacation is, in fact, over. Nobody wants that. Ha!

  • Hey, I don’t sort and fold. I’ve got enough underwear to wear a clean pair every day for a year. I always stop at a generic service station, only when I get the urge for an ice cream Snickers bar. And I’ve learned how to pay my bills with electronic payments online. So you’ve got company Arleen.