I cannot remember how often I put things off until the last minute. I am starting to think that this is how I operate the best. I think a lot of us perfect procrastination in college. We learn how to work best under pressure. We enroll in as many classes as the college will allow to optimize our tuition. Then when it’s time for the work to be turned in, we have to turn to a system of need. I have to or need to do a certain thing. Whether we wait until the last minute because of our hectic schedule or because we need the pressure to work our best procrastination can often lead to unnecessary cost or inconveniences. I experienced this first hand when I was planning a trip during cold weather. I was concerned that the pipes would burst in the house while we were away during the cold weather. I didn’t want to leave the heating system running as normal so that we could conserve energy and save some on our utility cost. Of course, it is tempting to save a little on the electric bill by turning off the heat during this time. I rationalized that using the heat system during this time is less costly than a plumbing repair job if pipes freeze and burst. At the last minute, I did some investigating into the best ways to prevent pipes from bursting. One option was to keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. Since I would be away during cold weather, the recommended temperature to leave the heat on in my home, is to set the temperature no lower than 55° F.