Don’t Put Off Till Tomorrow What You Can Do Today
By: Brandy (Korman) Haslam
We all know that famous quote, “Don’t put off till tomorrow what you can do today,” but how many of us follow this – I mean really follow it, everyday? I think a lot of us, myself included, do the exact opposite and often put things off till tomorrow, next week or even next month.
A dear patient of ours said something to me recently that really put things into perspective. She said that after her breast cancer diagnosis and the diagnosis of an old friend of hers, she began to see life differently. She thought about how much time she has left with her family and friends. If she would be able to take a trip with her husband, see her grandchildren grow up and about all the things she wanted to do.
When her friend passed away from breast cancer a few weeks before her own diagnosis, she began to think about all the times she said she would call or stop by, but put it off – until it was ultimately too late. She kept thinking that maybe if she would have kept in touch more, she would have known about the diagnosis and had a chance to say goodbye. "It's bizarre how that happens," she said.
Although this is something more devastating than what many of us experience as a result of procrastination, why do we do it?
Experts say there are several reasons: avoiding discomfort, perfectionism, self-doubt, excessive work, thinking you’re not good enough or even just being lazy.
There’s no secret way of avoiding procrastination, but there are ways to start getting things done. The most important thing is to stop making excuses! Try changing scenery, eliminate distractions, prioritize or make a list of things to do. Nothing feels better than being able to cross something off your list!
So whether there’s a friend you’ve wanted to get in touch with, a project at work that needs done, a trip you've been wanting to take or even that mammogram you’ve been putting off, do it today.
As Janet Dailey said best, “Someday is not a day of the week.”