In delay there is no progress

Posted: 12 January, 2012 in writing

The importance of acting right away was made clear to me this morning when I sat down to write this blog. My fantastic idea for a topic, that hit me at around 5pm yesterday, was gone, never to be heard from again.

I should have acted when the motivation hit me. Instead I procrastinated, thinking I could pick up on it tomorrow.

This isn’t the first time this has happened to me, and it probably won’t be the last time. I’m a pathological procrastinator. When Don Marquis said “Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday” he was speaking to me. I’m forever trying to remember those great ideas I had yesterday or last week, the ones I didn’t act on thinking I could always get to them at a later date.

I had a saying that I tried to live by last year – “What can I do today to make my tomorrow better?” As a chronic procrastinator I have to keep this in my head at all times because only by acting now will my tomorrow be better. This goes for all areas of my life – health (my tomorrow will be better if I go for a walk today instead of eating that tub of ice-cream), finances (my bank account will be better off if I don’t splurge on that new computer when I’ve just walked away from my only regular paying job), and writing (I won’t waste so much time tomorrow if I act on a good idea today and get something written).

The only time I have to work with is the here and now. I can’t keep relying on tomorrow because one day there won’t be one.  Plus, anything I put off until tomorrow only gives me 24 hours to think of new excuses to put the job off again.

This year is going to go the same as last year if it’s filled with 366 tomorrows.  And when the inevitable “Where has this year gone?” question comes up in 12 months I want to be able to have something to show for it for a change.  I’ve got a book to write and it’s not going to happen by putting it off until tomorrow.


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