I was the queen of procrastination. I never did things on time. I would always put off whatever I could. I often felt that I didn't need to take care of business - thinking I could do it later. My grandfather always used to tell me, "if you don't take care of your affairs today, then you will do it by the 12th of never."
As the years progressed and I became a professional procrastinator, I began to experience quite a bit of loss in my life. Overtime I lost friendships, finances, relationships, and multiple opportunities that I cannot get back. I wondered for a long time how was I going to get back on track? How was I going to get things done in a timely manner so that I don't lose relationships, friendships and in the long run, myself. I knew that if I stopped procrastinating then I could gain more opportunities and actually take advantage of them.
I was disgusted and tired of losing, so I did something that a lot of people don't really think about but it's necessary. I simply got on my knees and started praying. I asked God what do I need to do in order to change and overcome procrastination. The answer was staring me in the face. In a flash it came to me to do everything as it occurs. Take care of business now! Get organized, and clean up.
I had a great example in my uncle. When my father died in 1999, my mother, sister and I were faced with many unfamiliar situations. My father handled all of the concerns of the house such as the boiler, furnace and exterior of the home. My mother handled everything else that needed to be done such as groceries, utility bills, cleaning, and of course the children. We were three women in a household who worked full-time and went to school. We did not have time to take care of all the essentials nor did we know how to do many of the works that needed to be done.
Interestingly, I remember a distinct conversation my mother had with my uncle. He was a businessman who had several thriving businesses. Very quickly I learned how he became very successful from one event that I witnessed. We needed some work to be done in the front garden. It was a small 12 x 12 fenced yard, with a pine tree that grew very close to the house. The tree had grown so big that the roots stretched through an electrical box that was close to the house as well as the through bricks in the basement. When it rained, the front basement wall would be damp and after time, it would start to smell moldy.
One Tuesday evening at approximately 6:01pm, my mother expressed her frustration as well as the need for someone to come out to remove the tree and repair the basement wall. By 7 a.m. the following morning my uncle had brought one of his workers to the house to start and complete the work in the garden and then in the basement. He was also parked in the street adjacent to the house to ensure that the work was completed in a timely manner. That day I learned a valuable lesson. My uncle, through his actions, taught me that if you take care of things right away, then there is no need to procrastinate. I was amazed at how fast he took action to get tasks completed. Overtime, I learned that my procrastination was due to a lack of focus. If you streamline your focus, have a plan, and perform your tasks "now" instead of later, then you can overcome procrastination and get things done.
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