Procrastination: leave it until tomorrow

Stop procrastinating!

“If you pile up enough tomorrows, all you’ll find is a bunch of empty yesterdays”

That’s from the movie “The Music Man“, quoted by Jeff Lewis in the movie “The Compass“.  Apparently it’s said by the hero, when the young lady he’s waiting for turns up late and suggests that they should perhaps put off their plans until tomorrow.

And he’s right, of course.  This is at the heart of why procrastination is so damaging to us – we keep finding ourselves looking back at days when we didn’t quite achieve anything – days that are tomorrow’s empty yesterdays.

So what can you do about it?  Simply, do today what can be done today, even if it means working a bit late, or staying up a bit later.  Take action, don’t allow tomorrow to be chock full of what could have been achieved today.  Because tomorrow has its own tasks and goals, and you’ll have to put some of those off if you try to stuff today’s actions in there too.

Maybe you think tomorrow’s a bit of a slow day, so that doesn’t matter?  Are you serious!!?  The only reason you would have a day with nothing planned tomorrow, is because you didn’t plan it.  And if you’re not planning even one day ahead, it’s not a great surprise that you’re not achieving as much as you could, is it?  And if you’re happy with that level of achievement, feel free to carry on.  Just don’t complain – accept that’s your level of performance, and where you are is your comfortable level of wealth and happiness.

And if you want to truly be your best, do today what you planned for today, and plan for tomorrow to be too full for today’s leftovers.

About Andrew Horder

Founder of the blog at TheBusyFool.com, Andrew has been working with business owners for many years, helping them find and maintain their unique Focus - those activities and opportunities that they love, and will produce their success, what Andrew calls your Joyful Genius! Andrew's first book, The Busy Fool's a to Z of Loving Work is available from Amazon http://andrewhorder.com/amazon-azlw
About The Author

Andrew Horder

Founder of the blog at TheBusyFool.com, Andrew has been working with business owners for many years, helping them find and maintain their unique Focus - those activities and opportunities that they love, and will produce their success, what Andrew calls your Joyful Genius! Andrew's first book, The Busy Fool's a to Z of Loving Work is available from Amazon http://andrewhorder.com/amazon-azlw