Procrastination, the thief of time!

DEBORAH PRATT, President, DAPS

Your Weekly Motivation

Today is the first day of the eight month of this year, 2019, wow! I don’t want to sound cliché, but time really does fly! It literally feels like just yesterday we were saying, “Happy New Year!”

No doubt, like myself, many of you had great plans at the beginning of this year. We made resolutions with hopes of improving ourselves and our lives. However, we keep putting off those plans and resolutions for a later date and before we know it, it will be another new year.

Procrastination, the act or habit of procrastinating, or putting off or delaying, is truly the thief of time.

Wayne Gretzky once said, “Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.” Procrastination is indeed a disease that many persons possess. Many are left behind or miss out on great opportunities because of this illness. We keep putting off for tomorrow what should be done today until sometimes it is just too late.

Some persons seem to get some sort of thrill from the excitement and rush of waiting for the last minute; waiting until Christmas Eve to shop for gifts, or until the hurricane is about to approach land before preparing, or preparing a report the night before it is due or studying the night before the exam etc. It becomes a habit, a bad one that we must work to change.

What have you been procrastinating on? What are some of those resolutions that you made at the beginning of this year that you have not yet acted on? Some may have resolved to develop a healthier lifestyle by eating healthy and exercising, some may have resolved to pursue dreams they may have been putting off for some time, some may have resolved to save more money, some may have resolved to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour or for some it may have been to pray or read their Bibles more. Whatever resolutions you may have made, I am sure you had a good reason for making them. You felt that they were important for your health, happiness or success in life. Yet, we are now in the eight month and you still have not begun.

Often it is those things that are important; things that should require our immediate attention, which we tend to procrastinate on. We say we’ll wait until the economy gets better before we start those businesses or we’ll wait until we are older and more settled before giving our lives to Christ, or we’ll put off getting married until we have enough money to have that big wedding we desire. We come up with all sorts of excuses as to why we cannot do certain things now or how putting them off for another day, week, month or year would be okay. Napoleon Hill said, “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”

If things in your life are not the way you would like for them to be, it may very well be because you continue to procrastinate on making major decisions. Do what you desire to do, now. Do not allow procrastination to rob you of your time and possibly your joy!

So, with the remaining months left in this year, I encourage us all to think on those resolutions that we made at the beginning of the year. What are those things that you wanted to improve about yourself and your life, you can begin today. Any day can be a day for a new beginning. If you are unhappy with your life, if you truly desire to improve somethings about yourself, then you must be determined to do so. No one else can do it for you. It all depends on you and how badly you want to make a change in your life.

Let’s stop procrastinating. Let’s set goals and put plans in place to help us achieve them. Time waits on no one and tomorrow is not promised. Benjamin Franklin once said, “You may delay, but time will not”. Procrastination is truly the thief of time!

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