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Procrastination

We asked three community advocates to share their thoughts on one word

Tammy Shaw

“Procrastination? Hmmm. Remember when we had the energy and tenacity to just take on any challenge right when we faced it? Some still do. I like to think I do, but sometimes it absolutely exhausts me even just to think about it. ‘Carpe diem,’ ‘Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today’… blah blah blah. Don’t get me wrong; in the advertising and marketing world, you better be on your toes and ready to strike at any moment. Clients expect it, and you deliver. But when the whistle blows, it’s time to relax and enjoy life. This may be spending time with family and friends, a good book, a glass of wine, or just binging on a great new series. Procrastination can be a good thing. Yes, the guilt that comes with it sometimes gets the better of us but if you have the energy to fight it off — enjoy the Cab. I did work up the energy to find a quote that fits closely with what life is like in the ad business: ‘You can’t just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood; panic.’”

Tammy Shaw is the owner, president, and principle of Oswald Marketing
(Deadline: July 6. Submitted: June 26.)


Peter O’Daniel

“In the famous words of Oscar Wilde, ‘I never put off till tomorrow what I can possibly do — the day after.’ Procrastination is often viewed in a negative light, but can many times be positive. For instance, when making business decisions it is important to take the necessary time to evaluate the situation and not react impulsively. Obviously, there are other decisions that are important and time sensitive where procrastination can be detrimental. Similar to business decisions, procrastination can be positive in personal situations as well. For instance, if your significant other asks you how he or she looks after a big dinner, it might be better to delay that answer. On the other hand, procrastinating buying an anniversary gift can turn into a nightmare. Ultimately, procrastination is inevitable. Choosing what we procrastinate and why is what is important.”

Peter O’Daniel is the parts and service director at D-Patrick Ford and Lincoln.
(Deadline: July 6. Submitted: July 5.)


Tim Turpin

“As a self-employed businessman, husband, father, coach, and hall of fame and museum project coordinator, the word ‘procrastination’ seldom comes into play. When it comes to mowing my house, my stepmom’s house, and the hall of fame property, it’s hard to procrastinate. I coach a travel baseball team. This labor of love involves scheduling games, supplying the concession stand, phone call and text reminders, as well as field prep on days we have games. So procrastination is not allowed by my 18 12-year-old ball players. As director of the National Semi-Pro Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum and the Greater Evansville Sports Hall of Fame, we always have something in the works. So procrastination does not happen very often. As for my business Diamond Yards Bricks, we get orders locally as well as from our customers from around the U.S. I can say procrastination does happen from time to time in my life. Emptying trash barrels at the ballpark, going through my junk mail, cleaning out my truck, or emptying the dishwasher. Overall in life, all of us procrastinate in one form or another. It’s a great thing to have in life or we would never stop.”

Tim Turpin is the founder of the Greater Evansville Sports Hall of Fame.
(Deadline: July 6. Submitted: July 3.)

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