In the quest to achieve goals and just plain old GTD, what is the biggest defeater of such ambitions? I submit to you, the deadly act of procrastination. I must confess that for years, it has been the sole reason (within my own control) that I haven’t been able to successfully stay on track to achieve the Holy Grail of GTD.
While justification often is the cousin of procrastination, those two family members often, if not always, make it difficult to knock those things off your list. “Never put of to tomorrow, what you can do today.” Such a simple adage, right? Why isn’t it heeded more in the general sense?
For me, like many, I think it’s because we take for granted that tomorrow is promised, when it truly isn’t and, secondly, if we move said task, we can do something more valuable (necessary?) in it’s place. I heard a phrase last year that says something like “It takes three weeks to successfully create a habit” (good or bad). I test this theory out on some simple tasks like collecting the trash from rooms in my home the night before versus the morning of trash pickup. After doing it for three weeks, voila! The habit was formed.
It’s time that I apply this same adage to procrastination. Procrastination is time thief. I plan to defeat it to the best of my ability. Come along for the ride (if you dare!).
Have a great day!
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