We tend to put off doing important things way too much!
“Oh, I don’t feel like doing that right now. I’ll just wait until tomorrow.” How often do you find yourself saying that? Sometimes, tomorrow never comes. Sometimes we will never get another opportunity to do something meaningful and memorable because the following minutes, hours, days or years are not promised to any of us.
I’m guilty of doing this and have come to regret this more times than I care to admit. I realize that we can’t be everything or be everywhere for everybody. Yes, we need to take time to wind down and debrief, but procrastination is a whole different puppy we’re talking about here.
Today’s procrastination can become tomorrow’s regrets.
- Pick up the phone and actually call and talk to someone you’ve been meaning to call for quite some time now. Instead of just hanging up if they don’t answer, leave a courtesy short message in case the most unfortunate chance happens that you will never be able to talk to them again.
- How many times have you said, “We must get together?” How many times are we guilty of putting off scheduling a time to have lunch or a cup of coffee with an old friend? Just do it!
- Go visit someone who you may not have seen in a long time. This could be an elderly person who lives by themselves or family members you haven’t seen in a while. The visit could make their day and do wonders for your spirit.
- Write a letter or send a card instead of a text message to reconnect with an old friend or colleague you’ve lost contact with. You don’t realize how meaningful a gesture like that means to someone.
The list is endless! Let’s face it, we know that ‘life’ happens and all too often we get consumed in our world of work or self-fulfillment until something tragic happens, and we come to regret our procrastination. “If only I ____ (fill in the blank).”
Long story short: Don’t put off for tomorrow what you know you are capable of doing today. You may never get the chance again.