“Oh, I Can Always Do That Later”

Cover of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effectiv...

Cover of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

I was motivated to write this post by the thought that I really should write something tonight, instead of procrastinating over a variety of To Do items before bed.


There’s a very honest BBC News article by Rowan Pelling on the theme of putting things off.  I have included a link to the piece which is worth a quick read.  I can definitely see where the writer is coming from.




Apparently Canadian research, by Prof Piers Steel from the Haskanye School of Business at the University of Calgary, suggests perhaps 95% of us put things off.  Worse yet Prof Piers suggests that those of us who do are:


“…less wealthy, less healthy and less happy than those who don’t delay”


Sometimes there isn’t a frog to be eaten (my 19 July post – Sharing Your Goals, Or Not – explains that reference).  If so it can be easy to chip away at several tasks, in a scatter-gun way, without the feeling of having completed anything substantial.


Perhaps it is really a matter of perspective.


Brain Tracy, in his book about ‘Goals and how to get everything you want…’, suggests applying a laser-like focus on the important goal you want to attain.  If an interruption in the shape of an email, text, letter or request for help does not support that focus then the interruption belongs in the ‘Important but not Urgent’ category.


That sound like a hardcore approach to getting things done.  It also has echoes of one of the late Dr Stephen Covey’s ‘Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’.


Nonetheless I am going to try that approach for the rest of the month.  I’ll see what difference putting first things first makes, and post about it subsequently.

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