Thursday, 7 May 2015

THE PRICE OF LOST TIME

It starts when you make a resolution, “this year I am going to be punctual and organized.” You then convince yourself it is the only way you will be productive both at work and in your personal ambitions. You are so determined that you hope to turn a new leaf this year round. You have probably resolved to start by waking up early in hopes of working harder than you used to. The first few days are filled with profuse enthusiasm but soon you notice the fire is burning out slowly as each day goes by. A day comes when your new year’s resolution is more of a myth than a reality.

Time and again we are moved to do something but we always have that interminable voice within us that constantly reminds us, “you still have time, it is not too late”. Another whisper follows in a similar tone, “you have all day to finish just that.” After all some people barely do half the work you do. We then have a “genuine” reason to procrastinate and push our programs further, sleep or chat a little longer because we have all the time in the world. 

We make plans but always overlook them because all the other things that disrupt our schedules are equally important, so we would like to think! We come up with a psychological rationale about how our distractions could contribute to attaining our major goals in the long run. We then start living on borrowed time because we assume everyone does it!  We reschedule our plans daily hoping time will always be on our side whenever we choose to execute our personal goals but the ugly truth is life does not offer the same opportunity twice.

We sit down at the end of a very long day feeling no sense of achievement and wondering why we barely did anything productive despite being incredibly busy. We set out to execute 8 major goals during the day but here we are at the end of the day with barely any goal getting accomplished. We then ask the big question, “What went wrong?”

Most of the time we are fully responsible for the delays in our progress because we focus our time and energy on things that are of less value to us. We spend all day doing everything else but what we are supposed to do. We stay busy doing other peoples’ work but our own.

The habit of procrastination is one that is built over time and yet one that can be eliminated shortly if the right attitude and determination is applied. A person has to realize  that being busy all day does not necessary mean one has been productive  and so they have assess what is going wrong in their plans that prohibits their progress.


Many times people forget to plan their day, and if they do, it is not clearly written down so that one can do strict follow up as the day runs. Making a daily, weekly or monthly program is one way to ensure one prepares for the day. The program has to be well priotised for it to be motivating and rewarding. This can help a person ensure they spend their time on the high value tasks in the day and progress can then be ensured. Above all, the only way to stay ahead of time is to do all you can, in whichever way you can whenever you can to meet your goals before time runs out.

(Image credit to www.barbaraclifford.com.au, www.lifehack.org and www.holyaw.alltop.com) 

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