Friday, August 30, 2013

What Are You Putting Off?

"Delay is the deadliest form of denial." ~ C. NORTHCOTE PARKINSON


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Photo by Nicola

I came across the above quote recently and it jabbed me. Turning it over, I admitted its truth--not in all circumstances--but in many. Delay really does equal denial.

Delaying something, for me, means one of two things. Either:
a. I am uncertain if it's the right path to take or
b. I'm procrastinating.

All week I've been on a mission to catch up with life. The endless school forms have been signed and turned in. Meals are planned. Closets organized. Bills paid. Volunteer tasks up-to-date. Yes, I still have a huge pile of clothes ready to be folded and dropped at Goodwill. My writing progress has been slow. Steady, but slow.

I'm working hard not to delay. To get in motion. To make progress, even a little, each day.

If I don't, my brain hurts and my gaze skims over the things needing to be done. I slip into denial. The task doesn't disappear. It looms in the back of my mind until I dread it.

It's much easier to do it now than to wait until later.

What are you putting off? Can you take one step forward today?

Have a lovely weekend!

4 comments:

  1. Been putting off a few phones and some busywork. Boo! But I'm feeling extra determined today to get stuff done. Your post boosted my determination even further. :)

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    1. I hear you! My to-do list keeps growing. Yikes!!

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  2. Yes. That's exactly what happens to me! And the longer I delay a task the more I dread it, so of COURSE I delay it even longer. It's a cycle I can only end by tackling the task.

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  3. I tend to put things off if I 'run out of steam.' I have a book to get in the mail to our son. One thing that I thought was holding me up was I was waiting for my check to come. Well, that day came and I still haven't begun to get the box ready. Sometimes, I feel lazy. If I don't get the right amount of sleep, I find it hard to function.

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