You may delay but time will not, and lost time is never found again.
I love to tell myself that I am a planner. I write lists, make notes, write vision boards during my productive spurts and then if time permits I’ll take a nap or unwind with some mind numbing TV after expending all of that energy. Of course, Hardwork deserves a reward. I also like to take stock of where I’ve been, what I’ve accomplished and what remains to be done. This is where the real reckoning normally unfolds. I have discovered that in my personal space I am a flagrant procrastinator.
In my professional pursuits, time is money and you simply, in this competitive marketplace, would be foolhardy to play fast and loose with productivity, which is the only true capital that matters in the workplace.
However in my personal space, well that’s an entirely different matter. My mom used to tell us as children all the time that there are two things you can never recover “the spoken word and wasted time”. Be careful of the things you speak into being because you cannot unring a bell and time wasted can never be regained. That is not to say however, that corrective measures cannot be employed.
I have recognized that my procrastination is a function of laziness and fear. Yes, I am LAZY..and sometimes poorly motivated. Thankfully, knowing is half the battle. Fear is the other half. Fear is one of the single greatest threats to success. We actively undermine our opportunities and ability when we yield our gifts and dreams to Fear.
I often look back at my younger, highly motivated self and wonder what went wrong? Where did all my drive go? Well life happens, get over it. When did I have to get this done morph into, but it’s ok if i do it tomorrow…and well..you know how that story ends, lol.
In my days at UWI, i had a simple rule. Any number of hours spent focused on any non-degree activities must be matched with equal time studying or reading. I didn’t always stick to that mantra but ultimately it yielded positive returns.
It may feel great in the moment to postpone today’s goals until some later time. After all why do today what you can do tomorrow. Until tomorrow is 5 years later and you are stuck on a hamster wheel bound to nowhere stifling on the fumes from the heartburn of despair and broken dreams.
Delayed is not denied. However, if you cannot harness the wherewithal to pursue your dreams inspite of the challenges, then you will be stuck in a perpetual cycle. Courage it is said, is not acting in the absence of fear but acting inspite of our fears.
Procrastination has a potent lure. Why stress and work hard when you can lounge and relax. C’mon put off going back to school it’s just too much work, after all a dead-end job is not that bad in the scheme of things. Why bother to seize that opportunity that could change your life when you can remain comfortably stuck at this stage of surviving rather than thriving.
A new year is fast approaching. It is the time when people typically take stock of where they are in time and space. I can’t promise anyone that I won’t procrastinate but I will constantly remind myself that tomorrow is not promised to any man. So live the best life you can live today.