No Time Like Later

I have a B.S. in Animal/Veterinary Sciences, a M.S. in Animal and Food Industries and a Ph.D in Do-It-Tomorrow. I have been procrastinating about this post for quite some time and I have no real reason for why I did it–except that I was waiting for the “best time” to do it. Too often we find ourselves failing to accomplish what we set out to do because we are waiting for the perfect conditions. We don’t set sail because the winds are not perfect. We don’t travel outside of the country because we’ve never gone farther than the county line. And we don’t post a blog because we can’t sit with our laptop in our favorite spot at the exact time that we feel like it…ouch….

You will procrastinate when your primary concern is comfort. You will “wait” before you “activate” as long as you are an advocate for temporary satisfaction. There are several ways to defeat procrastination ( as I outline in my book “Make It Plain: Vol. 1 ) but one of the quickest ways is to deal with it is to monitor your comfort zone.

A comfort zone is created in order to avoid conflict with surrounding issues. Often times we procrastinate to avoid the conflict–kind of like pausing before jumping out of a plane. The pause isn’t the problem, because we all pause at some time (some people don’t pause and they really, really should). The problem is that we pause and we never return. If you run into classes, tests, projects and course work that scares you, a sudden desire to pause will appear. These are things that you should think about:

Make sure that you apply a time limit to your pause.

Maintain due dates and keep them in front of you.

Join a learning community so that you are not going into things alone.

Make sure that you comprehend the course schedule.

Make sure that you comprehend your personal life schedule.

Get organized–both for class and studying for your class.

Remember: these things won’t do the work for you. You will still have to put in some sweat equity. However, these tips will give you the privilege of making the first strike–and I have watched several fights end just as quickly as they have began with just that type of punch.


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