Top Ten Things Not to Wait Until the Last Minute to Do

Last minute


This list was inspired by being habitually late for most of life’s events. Hope you enjoy it.

Top Ten Things Not to Wait Until the Last Minute to Do

10 Do not wait until the last minute to get a reservation at the best restaurant. If you do, at best you might want to eat at home. At worst you could find yourself waiting in the bar until there is no longer a point in eating.(Now you have the problem of getting home)

9 Do not wait until the last minute to see if that formal outfit still fits. If you do, at best you might be going to the event a little less formal than you planned. At worst, you could find the split rear seem about two minutes after everyone else in the room. (At least, it’s not toilet tissue on your shoe)

8 Do not wait until the last minute to pull the ripcord during that parachute jump.Β  If you do, at best you may subject yourself to some heart-stopping moments. At worst, you will learn a hard lesson of physics where the acceleration of a falling mass reaches the speed of fifty feet per second per second. (gotta hope you have enough seconds before the ground meets you.)

7 Do not wait until the last minute to put together a Top Ten list. If you do, at best you will get to bed way too late. At worst, you will come up with something like that parachute item.( Have to promise better)

6 Do not wait until the last minute to put the holiday turkey in the oven. If you do, at best dinner will be delayed. At worst, your holiday dinner guests will have unscheduled stops at the ER on their way home. (Next time you’ll believe that thermometer)

5 Do not wait until the last minute to pay your holiday bills. If you do, at best you will get the money in before the extra charges. At worst, you realize there are more bills than money and the finance charges are like an extra car payment. (Maybe you’ll have these paid up by next December)

4 Do not wait until the last minute to give your Christmas list to Santa. If you do, at best a few of the items on your list will not be available. At worst Santa may just have to pass by your house since his elves could not make that yellow convertible fast enough. (You could have made it simpler given the lateness of the request)

3 Do not wait until the last-minute to make airline reservations to that resort for the holidays. If you do, at best your room will cost five times that of your neighbor. At worst, your selection will be limited to the Howard Johnson’s on exit 361 of the Long Island Expressway. (There is also an ice storm forecasted.)

2 Do not wait until the last minute tp pack for that holiday trip. If you do, at best you will only have to wear everything twice. At worst, you will raise all kinds of questions when you ask the front desk where to buy underwear.( Just forget the look and get a pair)

1 Do not wait until the last minute to fuel your car for the trip to the airport. If you do, at best the power failure did not include the gas station at the next exit. At worst, the only gas station open at this hour has a cash only policy and the local ATM has just been hauled away by vandals.(Notice how soon the low fuel warning light come on)


  1. I did once arrive at a hotel without having packed underwear. They sold 3-packs in the gift shop for a price that made me think they were woven with gold. Ah, the hard way, such a good way to learn. Great list John.

    1. I think we all have had this problem. I went to a hotel and didn’t have a swim suit. All they had in the gift shop was speedos. Passed.

      1. You guys are killing me. πŸ˜€

  2. I think you’re trying to say something with #7. A clue as to the inspiration for this list. Just can’t put my finger on it.

    1. Sometimes inspiration is slow to develop

      1. Slower when one is half asleep. πŸ˜€

  3. You can add decorate tree the day before Christmas Eve to that list….my poor grandchildren helped me with my snow village and nativity scene, but asked me why I didn’t celebrate Christmas. I’ve got a lot to so between now and Christmas Eve.

  4. LOL, I had to chuckle at 7. Up too late with the list, John? πŸ˜€
    And 6 … sounds like turkey sushi. πŸ˜‰
    Great big hug!

    1. I was up too late. TURKEY SUSHI LOL!!!!

  5. Reblogged this on Kim's Author Support Blog and commented:
    I always enjoy John’s Top Tens!

    1. Thanks for the reblog Kim. πŸ™‚

      1. You’re welcome, John!

  6. I hardly made it past #8, I was laughing so hard. Great list, John! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Jill. Tongue in cheek on 7

  7. You should compile these lists for a book! They get better and better.

    1. Aw. You are so sweet to say it. Maybe someday when I get the time.

  8. Forethought is the secret to success, it seems.
    Well conveyed, John.

  9. Ah come on John … it tis the season for last-minute stuff!

    1. Some think so. I am a member of last minute anonymous and its been three days since I put something off until the last minute

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