lingering tasksEveryone has lingering tasks that aren’t urgent. These are things that need to be done at some point, but more urgent priorities typically push them to the bottom of the to-do list. They may be things that we don’t like to do so we happily use the excuse that other things are more important.

Procrastination is understandable for these lingering tasks.  However, there is a reason that they need to be done. Without listing all the various types of tasks that come to mind, here is a few potential effects that may occur if they aren’t done regularly, or not at all.

Increased effort

No one wants to exert more effort than required to get something done.  Many types of tasks fall into this category.  It may not be something that needs to be done right away, but when you do find the time, it may take much more effort to get the job done.

Damage – physical & mental

Certain lingering tasks that are not addressed for long periods of time, could cause physical damage. They may fall into the maintenance realm.  For example, it you fail to keep your vehicle properly maintained, your lack of attention could result in physical damage to your vehicle that may leave you stranded.

Same goes for regular maintenance to mechanical appliances in your home, and caring for your health, physically & mentally.

Costly repairs

This aspect typically goes hand in hand with the physical damage category above in the maintenance realm, but not always. Some of these lingering tasks may require a skillset that we may not have, but try to do on our own.  If you’ve ever tried to do something without knowing how to do it, you may have incurred more cost for a professional to swoop in and save the day!

Now that you understand some of the effects of putting off those lingering tasks, the next step is to create a plan to get them done.  This plan doesn’t have to be complex. As a matter of fact, you could just incorporate them into your regular schedule.

Hopefully you have a schedule for appointments, and maybe tasks to keep you on track.  Even though you don’t consider these lingering tasks urgent, they still need to be scheduled so that you will get them done. If not right away, within a reasonable timeframe to avoid the effects listed above.