The procrastination trap
I forgot where I read this but I'll try to give a summary of what I can recall. I'd like to relate that to my experience with the bank. Yes, I'm not done with that yet lol!
A guy noticed that one of the windows in their house was broken. A lot of scenarios played in his mind. Upon initial inspection, he thinks that it needs an expert to do it. Thus, he contacted some contractors asking for an estimate and he was given a quote.
He kept pushing back on having it done. Because of the busyness in life, he kept forgetting about it but it is one of those things that always comes back nagging at you. Still he kept pushing it away.
One day, he decided to take a closer look and tried assessing the damage further. There he realized that it was actually an easy fix that he was able to do it himself. That saved him a lot of money by not having it done by somebody else.
This made him realize that if he should have addressed the problem right away, then it would have given him a peace of mind right there and then.
Now, let me relate it to my experience with the bank.
When I talked to the clerk at the bank about my dilemma regarding my ATM card, the only solution is to apply for a replacement to the branch where I opened that account. As I mentioned in my previous posts, I only have one valid ID available. I have asked the clerk what are the ways for me to do so that I can process that in that particular branch where I lost my card. Since I only have one ID, I have to secure a police clearance or barangay clearance to serve as a secondary ID.
Thinking about processing that one piece of paper is already stressful and an inconvenience because even though that is just one piece of paper, it takes a lot of time and energy to secure one.
I then went to the bank where I originally opened my account. Aside from the waiting time, the process was done in less than 10 minutes for the clerk to do it. I forgot my ID so I had to go back to our apartment to get it and then back to the bank again. That was my fault. Other than that little mishap, it was an easy process.
Just like the guy in the story, I let myself suffer mentally by thinking a lot of things instead of facing the problem head on and doing what needs to be done to solve it.
Sometimes we tend to over think things and we burden ourselves by thinking of different problems and other concerns which are unrelated to the problem itself. We like to complicate things when the easy way is already staring us in the face.
Maybe because of our past experiences that we don't want to happen again that made us cynical. When we are faced with a situation, the easy solution is doubtful or do we like to be challenged more?
My partner had been having issue logging in to their system through the desktop. Good thing my partner has a laptop as back up to use and that is where my partner had been working. IT had been informed about it. They had been telling ways how to fix the problem but it was never resolved. It has been two days. One of the reasons of the delay is that they are taking a long time to respond. Until now, IT finally decided to remote accessed it and the issue resolved in minutes.
Was it laziness that make us procrastinate or do easy solutions bore us?