Have a SENSE of URGENCY
Late last night, while watching TV, my wife asked me to do something with a piece of her art on her website. I got right up and headed to my office. She said, “You don’t have to do it now, just be sure to remember it.” My reply was, “Doing things now is my way of remembering to do them.” It only took me a few minutes to do it. It is so easy to put off doing things that are not urgent, and then when a bunch of them become urgent all at once it’s “stress time.” You may even find yourself in a state where you have so many things to do that you don’t do any of them, or do all of them poorly.
Things done under stress are just not done as well. That’s one of the things I love about Sundays. That’s my creative day; it’s the day nobody is asking me to do something. It’s the day that I found the “time” to write all of my books. It’s a great day for me to get things done, and done well.
Today’s technology has provided many tools to be organized, and remember to do things. Outlook Reminders for example will put an intended “to do task” in your face as often as you want it to. The problem with these high tech reminders is that they also make procrastination as easy as accomplishment. With the click of a key you can move a task that you wanted to do this morning to tomorrow morning, then the next, and the next, until it becomes urgent and you HAVE TO Do It Now.
In Success Made Easy I say, (something like) “It takes less time to do it than to decide if to do it.” Or, as the late great W. Clement Stone said, “When deciding when to do something, just DO IT NOW!” That works for me. It will for you too. Give it a try.