Monday, December 10, 2012

Academic Excellence Post 2 Why procrastinate, if you can do it quickly ......and feel FREE NOW...

 “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone” 
Pablo Picasso

 “You may delay, but time will not.”
― Benjamin Franklin

 Dangers of procrastination - Day 1 - It was a bright Sunday morning. I had lots of fun stuff planned for the day. I was too lazy to do my chores. So I taught I would put my laundry bag of my dirty clothes of the previous day (which was a saturday) out later. The day went by and by the end of it I was too tired and forgot to put my laundry bag out.

 Dangers of procrastination - Day 2 - Now it was Monday morning and I had to rush and get ready for a fresh new day at college. The dirty clothes of the previous day had to be kept in a plastic bag and sent to the laundry for cleaning. Along with this I had the clothes of the day before as well as I had procrastinated and forgot to do it altogether. As I was in a rush I quickly got ready and rushed off to college. Now I came back after an exciting day and was exhausted again. I forgot about laundry again that night and dozed off.

 Dangers of procrastination - Day 3 - The next day clothes of Saturday, Sunday and Monday where waiting to be sent to the laundry.  It was frustrating carrying three bags all the way to the laundry and waiting for this whole bunch of clothes to be cleaned. I got late for college as well as I had piled up work of the previous three days on one day. If only I had not procrastinated and done what I had to do on the day...hmmm

The above incident made me realize why procrastination is such a dangerous habit. Just imagine if you do not eat food for the whole week and then on the seventh day at night for dinner, I tell you to eat the whole week's food together. What would happen? You would go crazy... This is why you must not procrastinate.

Also some  students' while preparing for their exams, decide to start actual preparation some two weeks before the exam. They have taken a conscious decision to finish three full months of a semester's portions in two weeks. What happens here, you feel frustrated, bugged, overloaded and often feel like the task at hand is impossible! It will be impossible not just for you but for any student. You cannot possibly do three months of portions in two weeks and still be really effective. Even if you get through the effort somehow, the sheer load and experience of those two weeks will overwhelm you, and you most often break down at the end of that period.

This may also occur at the office for adults, where they wait till the end to submit or work on an important project or assignment. With less time to work on the project, their productivity and chances of success naturally decrease. Also due to the added pressure of more work, their level of performance naturally comes down. 

Thus you must not procrastinate...

It is important you value your time, if you want other people to value yours. Do not leave for tomorrow what can be done today. Sit down and make a plan to finish what you have set out to do at the start of the day no matter what! This may include personal, physical, spiritual, emotional and any other goal.

Also the sheer joy of finishing a small task in the moment and feeling free is much better than the frustration and stress filled situation of doing a large accumulated task all together at a later moment. Thus do not...never...don't even think about......procrastinating and setting aside a task for's just not worth it...

As Jim Rohn famously said, “We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.”

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