Be Late For Something Day: A Celebration of Procrastination
On September 5th, alarms snooze, clocks play hide and seek, and excuses run wild, because September 5th is Be Late For Something Day!
This whimsical holiday invites you to indulge in the fine art of procrastination where punctuality is overrated, and fashionably late is our style statement!
Welcome to the tardy party! It’s fashionably late, and you’re invited!
Delay, Dilly-Dally, and Deferral
Procrastination, the act of delaying tasks intentionally, is both a vice and a virtue.
The word itself comes from the Latin “procrastinare,” meaning “to put off until tomorrow.”
Procrastination isn’t just about laziness; it’s a complex dance of motivation, self-control, and time management.
It is a common human behavior that can have both positive and negative consequences and is a phenomenon as old as humanity itself. Ancient philosophers like Socrates and Aristotle pondered over why we delay tasks.
Aristotle once said, “Procrastination is the thief of time.”
The Perks and Pitfalls of Procrastination
The Perks of Procrastination
- Sometimes, the best ideas bloom in the eleventh hour.
- Delaying a task gives us a sense of relief in the short term.
- Delaying a task allows us to come up with better solutions to problems if we give ourselves more time to think about them.
- It builds suspense and excitement.
The Pitfalls of Procrastination
- Procrastination can lead to unnecessary stress from the dreaded Last-Minute Panic
- Waiting too long can cause missed deadlines or chances.
- Chronic procrastination hampers progress and productivity.
- Procrastination can damage our relationships.
- Procrastination can make us feel guilty and ashamed.
The Origin Tale of Be Late For Something Day
In the age of strict schedules and relentless deadlines, 1956 to be precise, the Procrastinators’ Club of America decided it was time for a rebellion. They designated September 5th as Be Late For Something Day, a lighthearted celebration of the “fashionably late” lifestyle.
This day was created as a way to celebrate the art of procrastination and to encourage people to embrace their inner procrastinator.
How to Celebrate Be Late For Something Day
There are many ways to celebrate Be Late For Something Day. Here are a few ideas:
- Start Slow:
Deliberately take your time getting ready in the morning. The early bird may get the worm, but the late bird gets to sleep in.
- Not Today Satin:
Put off doing your chores. Don’t sweat the small stuff… or anything else, for that matter.
- Enjoy Delay:
Choose the scenic route to work or appointments.
- Procrastination Party:
Host a last-minute get-together and see who shows up fashionably late. Punctuality is for people who don’t enjoy a dramatic entrance!
- Fashionably Late Arrival:
Show up late (but stylishly so) to a casual gathering just in time to claim the last piece of cake.
- Delayed Dinner:
Host a dinner party and serve dessert first. Call it a “reverse course” meal.
- Social Media Showcase:
Share your tardy adventures with #BeLateForSomethingDay and #ProcrastinationNation.
Just relax and enjoy the day!
So if you’re feeling a little bit guilty about procrastinating today, just remember that you’re in good company where fashionably late is the new black.
And if someone questions why you’re celebrating Be Late For Something Day by showing up fashionably late to a picnic or having dessert for breakfast, simply tell them that Wild Calendar gave you permission. After all, life is short, and sometimes, a little procrastination adds spice to it!
Go forth, procrastinate and relish the leisurely pace of life.
Happy Be Late For Something Day!