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5 Annoying Tasks We're All Guilty Of Putting Off

When it comes to procrastinating your way through life's many obstacles, there's no guiltier person than myself!

I'm notorious for putting unpleasant things on the long finger, from small things to big life changing things, if it can wait until tomorrow, it WILL wait until tomorrow. From studying for exams, sorting out my pension, to booking my first smear test, if I can put it off, I will. Some say it's foolish, some call it avoiding the inevitable, I call it selective adulting.

Being an adult and carrying all the responsibilities that come with it can weigh the best of us down, so putting off one or two things every now and then isn't so bad, is it? (Apart from the smear test thing, that was silly. It was quicker than a wax and relatively painless, so just do it, ladies!) So, in the spirit of making sure I wasn't alone in my procrastinating, we asked our lovely eumom members to share some of the things that they are guilty of putting off:

1. Cleaning The Oven

It's just not a fun task, is it? There's nothing appealing about sticking your head in a dark, confined space, inhaling fumes from your oven cleaner, as you scrub bits of miscellaneous brown food/sludge from the oven floor. It takes forever, what with the pretreatment and then the endless scraping. Not to mention it completely messes up your nails! Also, how often are you supposed to clean it? Is there a guide here that I'm not aware of? My mother attacks her oven at the first sign of a spill, but frankly, I'm just not that domesticated. Am I alone in my slovenly ways here?

2. Taking Out The Bins

Ah, the bins. I remember in college, we used to avoid the task of taking the bins outside for so long, that essentially, we were playing a game of bin Jenga. You would tentatively place your empty tin of beans upon the ever increasing pile of rubbish, and if it caused the pile to spill over, you lose. And the loser takes out the bins! Oh, those were the days. I promise it's not that bad now, but as many of our eumom members agreed, it's still a fairly unpleasant task, isn't it?

3. Planning Family Finances

When it comes to putting off financial planning, our members all agreed that this was something they avoid. It really is one of those adult responsibilities that we tend to ignore until the last minute. Our friends in AIB recently did a bit of research into the topic and discovered that most people put off planning their finances because they don't have the time, they find it too complex or they feel they are too young to think about it. In fact, from those surveyed, AIB told us that 59% claimed they have never received financial planning services. Because of this, AIB wish to tell you just how easy and readily available the financial planning service is to avail of through the AIB branch network and over the phone. Appointments can be made online, in branch or by phone. The service is confidential with no obligation or cost and takes approximately 45-60 minutes. It really couldn't be easier, so no excuses!

4. Pairing Socks

Growing up in a house with four children, pairing socks was a neverending task. And one that was almost always put off and left until we were all wearing odds! I distinctly remember fighting with my little sister over who's turn it was to go through and pair the basket of socks my mother had in the hotpress. And you know the mystery of the missing socks? Where on earth do they all go? They're stuffed under the mattress. Well, they are in my house anyway, because I used to put them there when I couldn't find a match and I desperately wanted to finish my chore so I could go and watch Home and Away. But in grown-up land, there's really no point hiding socks under a mattress. So what's the solution? Wear all black socks! And buy white ones for the kids. You'll never have an odd sock again!

5. Cleaning The Bathroom

This one really hit home with our members, as so many of them declared their hatred for the chore. Understandable, of course. I'm not sure of anyone who particularly enjoys this task! I must say, though, that of all of the above, I do find it the easiest one to tackle. I tend to do a very quick clean twice a week, and that seems to keep things at bay. Then once a month, everything gets a proper going over, and it's much easier to maintain. I just can't bare the thoughts of an unannounced visitor using the facilities and walking in on an unkempt bathroom, toothpaste smudges, empty loo rolls and all. The mortification!

This article has been sponsored by AIB. Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c. is tied to Irish Life Assurance plc, for life and pensions business. Allied Irish Banks, plc is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland. Irish Life Assurance plc is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland. Visit aib.ie for further information.

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Editor of eumom.ie, Mairéad Cahalan is a creator of content, a lover of music, red wine and coffee, and a part-time wedding singer! Find her on Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud and LinkedIn.

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