Do not put off for tomorrow what you can do today

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, it is a well known saying. If we are truthful with ourselves there are a number of goals we would like to accomplish; some we have shared with others and some we have kept to ourselves. What stops us from working on those goals? Fear, being time poor, feeling incapable, lack of support from family and friends, lack of finances. There will always be reasons NOT to do a thing. Life is demanding and distractions exist in every corner. It is all too easy to believe you cannot achieve what you want due to the obstacles that lay ahead of you. These obstacles are real but are they enough reason not to move forward?

When I look back at my life I have had a number of goals; some I have achieved and others are still outstanding. Writing a book is one of my main goals and I am determined to accomplish this despite the fact that I stopped at 8,000 words several months ago. I met an old friend from university last week. We studied the same course almost two decades ago. He remembered my love for writing and suggested I write a book – he had no idea I am already on the journey. His words encouraged and challenged me.

Sacrifices will need to be made if you are planning to take on a new project/business or course of study. It may be a financial sacrifice or there may be a demand on your time. If you are serious then you will be willing to make the sacrifices knowing the long term pay off it will bring.  Change cannot take place if there is no flexibility or adaptability. Our desire for comfort and pleasure can mean we coast through life, partly feeling a level of satisfaction and at times feeling sheer discontentment. Do not be the person who wanted to drive but did not retake their test after failing, do not be the person who desired to bake but talked themselves out of joining a baking class. Do not be the person who is no longer challenged in their job but does not apply for other roles.

We alone are responsible for what we accomplish. We cannot continue to blame others even if they did play a part. I remember an old saying;.

“If the door closes, find another way in”

We need to be aggressive and passionate about our plans. Nobody wants us to accomplish our goals more than we do.  We need to hold ourselves accountable and perhaps be accountable to a person we trust. It is not a bad thing at all for a coach/friend to challenge us and ensure we are on the right track. I have had a career coach for a year and highly recommend it.

Are you of the mindset of doing what needs to be done or do you procrastinate?
What or who have been your influences?

 

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18 thoughts on “Do not put off for tomorrow what you can do today”

  1. I used to procrastinate but I organise my tasks and carry out the challenging ones first. Planning my week ahead helps me get on top of things.

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  2. Oh my I am definitely a procrastinator, whether it’s about work or doing laundry. However, this makes me hyper aware of priorities, and though somewhat stressful, I get highly efficient when a deadline approaches. Or when kids run out of underwear, for that matter. No, seriously, procrastination is stressful in my opinion, but it does weed out what can resolve itself.

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    1. I do laundry daily and iron for the week. I cannot bear the thought of something being unavailable when I need it. It does mean I am on my feet a lot but I like to prepare for everything in advance. Procrastination is stressful or at least the after effects of it. Thanks for commenting on my blog.

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  3. I have a strange split in that my professional life is driven, purposeful and never do I take my off the ball – my personal life, and those goals, are always something I procrastinate on. I need to realign my priorities and this certainly provides food for thought. Thank you!

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  4. I enjoyed your post! To answer your question, I tend to be a procrastinator, but I’m working on that. You are so right about the benefits of having an accountability partner or coach. My friend Rachell serves both functions for me.

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  5. Interesting post that is generating an interesting comment stream. I find that when all is going well in my world, I’m definitely an enthusiastic doer. But when things get difficult a nd are beyond my control, my focus tends to weaken and my energy level goes down

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    1. Allowing ourselves time out to relax and do activities we enjoy, helps to bring a balance. The saying “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. Unsure if I have even quoted this correctly!

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  6. totally agree with your article! As i use to say, in life we need to understand two things. first is that if we don’t do it NOW, LATER will become ..NEVER! The second thing is that the greatest enemy of someone is themselves. we block our path. everything is in our hands! the sooner we get it the better for us.

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  7. I’d say I’m both a doer and a procrastinator. Depending on my mood, the frame of mind and the opportunity presented I can make great things happen or watch television. I try every day to make the doer the more successful part of my personality, but its a work in progress. 🙂

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  8. I don’t procrastinate. In fact the opposite which is also negative. A lot of things actually don’t need to be done swiftly but could actually benefit from being postponed because circumstances outside of our control can change how it’s best to act or not act. Successful people like Catherine the Great and Potemkin realized that sometimes it’s better to procrastinate because it may benefit you.

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