You, me and the entire human population is guilty of procrastinating work at some time or another. When I thought about it, this particular trait seemed to be inherently present in everyone of us. Some do it all the time and others do it some times.
I will not write an article today. Why? Not in the mood! Writers are moody creatures after all. And so are painters, musicians, singers, all creative people. So, not today or not right now. Tomorrow.
Today it’s raining. What lovely weather! Let’s do tea and snacks and go for a long drive. Watch a movie maybe. But, I have to finish 21 assignments. Oh, that’s fine, two hours is nothing. I can manage that much time. Back from the drive, one is obviously too tired to work so let’s do it tomorrow.
“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
― Mother Theresa
Where is this tomorrow ? And who guaranteed it to us? Why are we so sure of it when no one has seen or known this elusive tomorrow?
“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.”
― Charles Darwin
It is a really paradoxical phenomenon isn’t it? We are not sure of ourselves doing our own work but we are sure of a tomorrow that no one knows whether it will come.
To delay one thing, no matter how small, has a possibility of snowballing into something very big. This very nature of ours can stop us from pursuing our own dreams. Not completing that project, making that phone call, going to that networking event ,it all adds up one day.
We all believe things somehow don’t work out for us no matter how hard we try. Rather than looking up at the stars for answers or praying to God for divine intervention, shall we not look at our own behaviors and pitfalls?
So before you decide to postpone one small task to tomorrow, wait, take a deep breath and ask yourself- Can I really not do this right now? Today itself?
I am sure we can. One task and the next and then the next. Soon it will all add up to that life which we thought was elusive, almost perfect! We should never reach a place in our lives when we have when we say –
“How did it get so late so soon?”
― Dr. Seuss