Once again, my finely-honed procrastination abilities have cost me cold, hard cash. I seem to be an expert at putting things off…and paying for it.
My passport expires next April. But because many (most?) countries require that you have six months left on your passport before you enter their country, I need to renew it before traveling to Ecuador in November. I’ve known that I need to renew my passport since February but keep finding reasons not to.
- First it was because we were still in Savannah, and I didn’t want to do the transaction from there. What if it was mailed back to me after we resumed our RV trip back to Portland?
- Then, of course, I couldn’t do the renewal because we were on the road. There was a chance we’d be going to Mexico, so I needed to keep my passport with me.
- I started the paperwork when we got back to Portland. I printed everything out, then signed and dated the renewal application in mid-July. But I didn’t mail it in. I know I have some spare passport photos around here somewhere and I wanted to use them. But I could never find them.
- Finally, life got in the way. I got busy with the dog and the blog. I did a workshop at World Domination Summit. Then there was Fincon.
Bottom line? When I found the paperwork on my desk yesterday, I realized I only had five weeks to get my passport renewed. That meant I had to request expedited service, which costs $170 instead of $110. My chronic procrastination cost me sixty bucks.
Believe it or not, that’s cheap. Lots of times, my procrastination costs me more. Sometimes much more. [Read more…]