No – don’t. Do not wait one more moment to read this blog, to start that exercise routine, or to begin learning.
That is how procrastination begins.
“I will wait until the weekend.”
“I will wait until tonight.”
“Maybe tomorrow morning will be better.”
“Hmm… what about Wednesday.”
You have heard the expression, “Tomorrow never comes.”
Sometimes, it seems like there is never a good time to get started. The corollary of this is that it is always a good time to get started.
Why delay what you can start today?
The reasons we generate (and yes I include myself in this sometimes) are usually just rationalizations to avoid. We might be a little nervous – or downright afraid – to start something new or to get into something that we feel might be above our head or embarrassing, or simply challenging. Often, we think that there will be more time or better quality time later.
Most of the time, nothing makes tomorrow morning, or the weekend, or when the kids grow up any better than the present. We can’t know the future, so why think it will be any better than now to begin?
Once you get to “tomorrow” or whatever future time we have convinced ourselves will be better, there will be a truckload of new reasons (read “excuses’) for delaying yet again.
Of course, I have often talked about planning, and that still stands. Perhaps, the beginning of whatever journey you are about to start needs a plan. Today can be that planning stage. It’s not as if you have to do everything at once. Big projects can be broken down into segments that are more manageable.
Just don’t keep waiting for a better time over and over again. Take some action and become engaged in making change.
If you are embarking on a new learning adventure, you do not need to wait until fall or until the course begins. You can start learning about the topic now!
Look online. You might take a beginner course, but you could also simply watch videos, read blogs, listen to podcasts, and so on to learn more about the particular topic. It is amazing what we gain by simply absorbing ourselves in a specific area.
Once the course begins, once you are back in school fulltime, you might find very little time to immerse yourself in the way you would like.
Getting a head start can make all the difference.
Don’t let yourself get in the way of …well, yourself!
Get started today.
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