PERSPECTIVES: PROCRASTINATION – Thief and Assassin

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“Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.” – Spanish Proverb

 

No one can manage Time. It is a fallacy. You can only manage yourself and your activities in relation to Time.

We all have the same number of hours in a week – 168. No more no less. Unless we depart from here early. Time eventually becomes the central theme for all concerned. Spend it wisely on that which creates and leaves behind your legacy.

Be aware of procrastination, the biggest Thief of Life – frittering away your most valuable non-renewable and ever-dwindling cornerstone – Time. People are often said to regret what they have not done, rather than what they have done. And this is equally true of Popes and Princes, Paupers and Poets alike. Strive to have no regrets. Manage and live your Life productively – else it will evaporate into unfulfilled retirement.

 

Physical

I hate morning walks. Especially wet wintery ones. It is a procrastination that I would gladly outsource. Thoughts of the day tumble through my sleep-soaked brain as I step out and begin. And 40 minutes later I have renewed acquaintances with every dog and bird on my walk, I mentally edited last night’s draft blog and gave the protagonist in my novel more character.

I love my procrastinating morning walks. Yes procrastination time can become productive time – if spent productively. It works for me. Let is work for you!

But take note, it can easily also become one of the most common and deadliest of characters – The Assassin of your Opportunities, physically, mentally and spiritually – if left unchecked. Remember – half the battle is won when you “just step out and begin”.

 

Social

Unwrap today by unwrapping this moment – then live in it. The other side of the coin – be careful not to leave planning for the future till the future comes around, because that will not be the moment you would enjoy living in. Live in the moment but plan for tomorrow. Don’t neglect either one.

Do something positive every day, something that underscores your reason for being. Encourage a grandchild. Visit a sick friend. Work out in the gym. Grow prize roses.

I learned 10 new Indonesian words every day for three months and 1,000 words later it opened a whole new world – I added more than 300 million to the number of people on the planet that I can communicate with in their mother tongue. Three months = 300,000,000 people for life – not a bad investment.

 

Mental

Do not feel limited or be afraid to fail. Fail if you must. But fail with a positive purpose. Failures should be seen as lessons learned and limitations are challenges that can be overcome by commitment and perseverance – which are tests of personal strength and character.

 

Emotional

Procrastinators “rotate on the hinges of Time which they promise to oil tomorrow”. But remember, Time will not delay. Dream a little but live a lot.

It is possible to spend more emotional energy thinking and worrying about an undone task than what it takes to actually do it. Once done it stays done, but to keep thinking about it fatigues you out and drains you emotionally.

Get up and do it – one step at a time, one word at a time, one stroke at a time. Envisage the end result. Do not let the number of steps stop you from seeing yourself at the top of the staircase.

 

Intellectual

The internet is friend and foe – rolled into one. I speak from experience. Remember that technology itself has no conscience, no compassion, no morals. It will gladly consume your day without feeling guilty. Many people get themselves lost in it, going down alleys until they realize they have spent an hour on nothing productive. Pace yourself when “catching up with the news”. Set yourself a limit. Allocate a specific portion of your time to the small screen – including for the purposes of relaxation.

 

Spiritual

How many sunrises and sunsets can you fit into a lifetime? About 25,567 of each at most from birth till age 70. How many of those will you procrastinate away? We die a little every day. So let us also live a little every day to balance the Ledger of Time.

The quality of your day and therefore your evening is determined by what you did or neglected to do during the day. This is also a replica in the small of the outcome of your life.

 

Key Principles

  • Yes procrastination time can become productive time – when spent productively.
  • Do something positive every day, something that underscores your reason for being.
  • Do not feel limited or be afraid to fail – with a purpose.
  • Procrastinators “rotate on the hinges of Time which they promise to oil tomorrow”.
  • The internet is friend and foe – rolled into one. It will gladly consume your day without feeling guilty.
  • How many sunrises and sunsets can you fit into a lifetime? Too few.

Action Steps

  • Just begin. It is still the best way to get anything done.
  • Live in the moment but plan for tomorrow. Don’t neglect either one. You need both.
  • Try things. Fail. But fail with a positive purpose in mind.
  • Get up and do things – one step at a time, one word at a time, one stroke at a time.
  • Allocate only “so much” of your time to the small screen – including for the purposes of relaxation.
  • We die a little every day. So, also live a little every day to balance the Ledger of Time.

 

 

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