I am a procrastinator. And I learned from my mom. Now, you might think that this is all bad, but I assure you, there are some positives. My mom sewed for people just like I do, so I learned all about how to make to-do lists from her. You just "do the next thing." Elizabeth Elliot gives this advice in her book Keep a Quiet Heart, and all of the women thought that it was great advice and it has been quoted regularly. I didn't quite understand why it was so helpful to them until I realized, "That is how I have lived my entire life." I don't plan ahead. I don't get my cleaning done until it is absolutely necessary. I don't plan a week's meals and pull them out on the right day at 5:00. I am highly inefficient. But the one thing I can do is KNOW my deadline and work up to it. If company is coming at 6:00, I am mopping the floor at 5:30. If people need a dress by Saturday morning, I can assure you I will work until midnight ( or later ) the night before. Now, sometimes this poses a problem when an unexpected crisis arises, but then I just revert back to Elizabeth's "do the next thing" philosophy. As a whole, this works. Sometimes, when I am with someone who's house is perfectly clean with laundry folded and they are working on a costume that doesn't need completed for three days, just a random example :), I am slightly intimidated. But then I move on. And do the next thing.
Every Christmas, when we arrive at Ohio, Mom meets us at the door, usually a little wild eyed because it is midnight and she is making creme brulee. And she says, "Weeeeell, I'm not done." And then she says, without fail, "I know, I haven't finished my Christmas decorating either. I am just letting the Lord decorate for me this year. Hopefully it snows." And I laugh and give her a big hug because I wouldn't want it any other way. And then we all do the next thing together.
So, for Halloween, I quote my mom.
"I am just letting the Lord decorate for me."