Fridays certainly do roll around quickly these days…especially when one is in the midst of making preparations for a move, the actual move itself…and oh my, then there’s the post-move! Moving is NOT the topic of today’s blog (I covered that one this past Tuesday on my Well Women site); however, since TIME is the focus of this series for the Friday blog on NEIGHBORHOOD BOUTIQUES, it’s been in the forefront of my mind…TIME, that is!
Time is a rare commodity these days, it seems. There never seems to be enough of it to accomplish all that life demands. Before I get into the “meat” of this week’s post, I felt the urge to say how very thankful I am to have this opportunity to share from my experience as a woman of faith in the marketplace…of owning a small business for over half my lifetime. And I came by it naturally, as both of my parents were self-employed.”
I learned so much about quality TIME from their example. My parents had a strong work ethic. They always went the extra mile to give exceptional customer service. The time they invested in doing the very best for their clients was so valuable and taught me to appreciate what time we did have together as a family. I guess you could say that those really WERE the “good ole days”!
Now that I’ve reminisced a wee bit, I’ll move on to a subject that’s not one most of us would choose to dwell on, let alone discuss but it does have a huge impact on everything we do, both personally and professionally…and that’s the dreaded thing called PROCRASTINATION!
It’s definitely a subject most people would rather not talk about…or should I say, talk about later! Sorry, but I just couldn’t resist!
The big, daunting question is…WHY? What are some reasons that folks choose to “put off until tomorrow” what could or should be done today?
Let’s first take a look at the definition of procrastination (according to Wikipedia)…It is the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time, sometimes to the “last minute” before the deadline.
Hmmm…with that in mind, who among us will confess that, at one time or another, we have indeed procrastinated? I would have to say, guilty as charged! There certainly have been times in my life when I’ve chosen to put off an unpleasant or challenging task till a later time then “scrambled” at the last minute to complete it by the deadline.
The key difference here is that there are those who have issues with habitual procrastination. Like I stated early on, this is not a “popular” topic; however, it is a major issue when dealing with effective time management. Not only can this issue negatively affect the person “putting it off” but can often create major pain for others who are depending on the task or project being accomplished in a timely manner.
Such a HOT topic will be continued until next Friday when I plan to share helpful hints to eliminate this enemy of TIME! Remember, don’t delay…do it today!!!