What, why, how, where and who are the big questions to ponder in many areas of life, but today I use these words to think about procrastination as challenged by our ChicagoNow manager, Jimmy. In addition to these questions, I first ask, “Do I procrastinate? Do I put off doing things that I must do?” I guess I do on both ends of extreme, the simple and the complex. The simple is in things like taking a shower. I am not sure why I hate taking showers, maybe because I hate being cold, but I do. I put off taking showers until it is almost bedtime.
“The big” what would be life changes. I give chance after chance to people and to circumstances that I know should change. Why would maybe be fear, fear of the unknown. How would be kicking and screaming to stop changes that are inevitable. Sometimes in life, I resist change so much that I have it thrust upon me. A relationship may be past the time of goodness. A job change may be needed. My health may need a boost of eating healthy and exercise.
Whatever the change is, I put it off and put it off until I am forced into change. Jack Welch was quoted as saying, “Change before you have to.” I don’t want to wait until I am coerced to change by circumstance. I want to initiate the change. Maybe I could just start with the small things I put off, and make myself go take a shower.
All through my day, no matter where I go, or what I do, I am always looking for the good. I try to find the good in people, in the world, in my life or even just in my day.
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