Coaching: Staus Quo

I’m traveling and for the first time am posting via my phone. Technology is so cool! Doing this definitely pushes me outside of my comfort zone, beaking me free from the status quo. It isn’t always the big things that move us in a new direction.

Now let’s focus on you! Grab a pen and paper (or your iPad) to record your answers.

Here we go…

How would you describe your status quo? The usual? The same today as yesterday? What are you willing to do to push yourself outside your comfort zone? Have you become complacent? Author John Maxwell says that when we become complacent, we begin to die. Strong words… But do you recognize yourself in them? If so, how would you like to change?

Perhaps you’re living with a status quo that’s truly burning you out. What are you accepting about your circumstance that you wish you weren’t? What can you do to set yourself on a healthier path? Who can help you do that?

Like a butterfly emerging from it’s caccoon, find a way to break free from the status quo. Fly toward your dreams.

Retired In Place

As I thought about today’s post, I couldn’t get this one out of my head… so here it is again.

Since this post, I’ve seen this state referred to as “Retired in Place.”  My experience was a bit more dramatic than simply retiring, but I had left just the same.

Originally posted July 18th as “Burnout!”  Enjoy!

Are you suffering from burnout?

Boy, I sure have. I’ve cried in corporate bathrooms. Lashed out at co-workers. Taken my stress out on family. I’ve jokingly said that a job was taking years away from my life that I could otherwise spend with my future grandchildren.

But burnout isn’t funny at all. Laughing about how much we attempt to balance is just a way to try to get through it. Justify it somehow.

I recently came across an article on burnout that really brought back memories for me. And not very good ones, I’ll say. The women cited in the article that truly burned out reminded me of when I left the job that sent me to the bathroom to cry several times each week. As I had my final meeting with my manager he asked, “Why did you give up?”

And I had. In my head I can replay the moment when I gave up because it was all too much and I didn’t think I had the support I needed to get through it. What I didn’t know is that anyone else knew that I’d quit in my head.

Of course they did and as the author points out in the article, the people around those suffering from burnout know as well. They’re just waiting to see how much longer the individual can hold it all together.

As I said, I left the job but I didn’t leave the company I was working for. I don’t think a person has to jump ship in order to regain control – though sometimes it may be necessary. Finding a way to use our strengths is, in my opinion, one of the best ways to find balance and to move away from that burned out state.

More on strengths here

How Is The Status Quo Working For You?

You may be wondering… What does Carolyn have against the status quo?  What’s so wrong about simply being and enjoying where one is in life?

Nothing.  Nothing at all… so long as you are truly enjoying where you are.  So long as you are challenged and growing instead of getting stagnant or irrelevant.  So long as you are being honest with yourself.

How can you tell if you’re being honest with yourself?

Oftentimes it’s quite easy to know when it’s time to leave the status quo behind.  Other times we get complacent and comfortable with the status quo.  The question I’d ask is this: how is that working for you?  If the status quo supports your long-term vision and goals ~ whoo hoo!  Why mess with what’s working?  But if you’re just doing what’s easy and expected, you might want to take another look at how the status quo is working for you.

“Enjoy all you have while pursuing all you want.”  ~Jim Rohn, entrepreneur, author, motivational speaker

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Ignore the Naysayers

Breaking free from the status quo sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? I’ve never met anyone who didn’t agree that we have the power to make changes in our lives – at least to some degree. So what’s holding us back?

Oftentimes – and this will come as no surprise – it’s us. Our fears. The limits we place on ourselves and our dreams. Our beliefs about our talents or circumstances.

Unfortunately, those around us can also limit us and our dreams. It’s common for my clients to spend one of their sessions with me working through an unforeseen problem with a friend or family member who isn’t supportive of the changes they’ve decided to make. We all expect the people who truly love us to be excited when we are pursuing happiness. But that’s not always the case.

Research shows that our weight is determined by those in our close circle of friends. Divorce follows a pattern in friendship circles. We really are like those around us and when we choose to change, it forces those close to us to look at themselves.

If John has a drinking problem, maybe I do, too.

If Sara’s losing weight, she must think I’m a fat slob.

If David gets serious about upping his game to get that promotion, I won’t ever get mine.

Etc. Etc. Etc.

When you decide to break free from the status quo, realize that not everyone will be happy for you. That’s OK. It’s not about you; it’s about them and their own feelings about their own circumstance. Because it’s about them, there’s not much you can do. So what to do?

Remind yourself that you are doing what’s best for you. Find likeminded people who are supportive. Listen to the friends who do welcome the changes you’re making.  And most importantly, keep pursuing your goals and dreams.

Ignore the naysayers.

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Breaking Free

Thanks to an enlightening business conversation with a consultant friend of mine, I’ve been thinking about the “status quo” and how, at various times in our lives, we really need to break free from the usual.

Speaking from my own experience, breaking free from the status quo is what I needed to do when I chose to begin my own business. Not to say that the status quo is all bad. In fact, from the outside looking in it can seem like your status quo is a pretty good gig. Of course, that can make it all the harder to move toward something new when friends, family and coworkers think that you’ve lost your mind as you consider your future.

Remember: it’s not about them. It’s about you.

Only you know when your focus has left the building. When your passion has begun to wane. When what used to energize you now drains you. When you dread getting out of bed each morning because of the promise of what lies ahead.

And only you know when it’s time to break free.

Coaching: Commitment

Commitment: a pledge or promise, an obligation, being engaged, involved.  Are you ready to think about commitment?  If so, let’s go forward with this week’s round of coaching questions.  As always, I encourage you to take time to really think about your answers.  Write them down if that will help them sink in for you.

Here we go…

What are you committed to?  When we recognize our commitments it gives them more power and helps us to understand the importance the commitment has in our lives.  Our commitments actually define us as who we are, so recognizing what we’ve chosen to commit to brings clarity in our understanding of ourselves.

How can understanding your own commitment(s) help you understand others?  Do you have someone in your life with a commitment you don’t understand?  How would your attitude change toward them if you concentrated on understanding their commitment and passion instead of what the focus of their commitment is?  We can’t all be passionate about the same things…

What are you not committed to that you wish you were or think you should be?  Analyze that.  What makes you think you should be committed when you haven’t been so far?  If you decide to make a commitment, how will you go about doing that?

Most importantly, understand that commitment is a verb.  If I say that I’m committed to my marriage and then do nothing to foster the health of my relationship, how committed am I?  Now that you recognize what you’ve chosen to commit to, define what that means.  How will you exercise your commitment?  Maintain that commitment?

Your commitments reflect your values, your personality, and your priorities.  Recognize, nurture and celebrate them.

Finding Commitment

There are things in life that we choose to commit to doing and then there are things that we must commit to doing.  The pieces of our lives that fall into the latter bucket include activities we don’t really want to do… but we know we’ll be better off after the activity is completed.

For example… I love my work but as a reforming procrastinator there are times when I’ll let work sit until the last minute.  As we learned last week, waiting until the last minute might not produce the best results.  In these instances, I know I need to get committed to the work; need to find a way to avoid procrastination.  But how?

Here are a few tools I use to get myself committed to something that I don’t want to do or that I simply want to delay.  Perhaps a few of these will work for you, too.

  • Make up an earlier deadline.  This can be done by setting up a mid-point meeting on the way to a goal, for example.
  • Break out the work or project into smaller pieces with different deadlines.  I do this by telling myself I’ll get step one done by noon today, step two in the afternoon… etc.
  • The above trick works even better if a reward is tied to each step.  E.g., if I’m done with step one by noon then I’ll take a REAL lunch break with 30 minutes to read a magazine or catch up on personal email.
  • Find an accountability partner.  You knew this one was coming, right?  Have someone check in on your progress.  I hate telling someone else that I STILL haven’t started something that should be well on its way toward done.
  • Remember the long-term goal and why the work is important to do.

Of course these mind games don’t always work.  But it’s always best to try something versus nothing!

Long-term Commitment

There’s nothing that will help you commit to a short-term goal like tying it to your long-term goals.  I promise.

I know you know because I’ve written about it here (and here and here).  And I keep sharing it because I see over and over again people re-energized when they realize what they are working on today ties into where they want to go in life.

This week I hurt myself exercising.  I’m doing some strength training and this is the month where I’m supposed to “go heavy or go home!”  Well, I went heavy and pulled a muscle in my neck.  Ouch – instant headache!  I managed to make it through my workout yesterday but I’m taking a day off today.  Might even do the same tomorrow.

In the past when I’ve quit exercising it’s been because of something like this happening.  Or getting sick.  Or going on a trip.  Something disrupted my routine and it was over for months, maybe years, to come.

Not this time.

See, I have this long-term goal to be a mobile, healthy octogenarian.  Because of this, this week’s setback isn’t an issue.  It just is.  I’ve simply paused to rest on a rung of the ladder that leads me to my long-term goal.  I will climb again.

Seeing the top of the ladder keeps me stepping on each rung as I move toward all my long-term goals.

Reminding yourself of the “why” behind your short-term goals will keep you committed along the way.  Commit to identifying your long-term goals and take time to recognize why your short-term goals matter to you.  For the long run.

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Committed to Love

I can’t get very far into the topic of commitment without bringing up my marriage.  My husband and I will soon be celebrating 24 years together.  Actually, 27 years if the dating years are added in.  That’s a commitment, wouldn’t you say?  The cool thing is that we still like each other.  More than that, we love each other.  We’re committed.

The following post was written about our commitment back in February in honor of Valentine’s Day.  I’m reposting because I feel the same and I’m not sure I could say it any better if I tried a second time.  Love you, Todd!

Love is a Commitment

My husband and I are high school sweethearts and, with him a year older than I am, we “suffered” through the long-distance-relationship that was his freshman year. This was a time, my young readers, when a long-distance call was expensive and mail was actual mail. This required a commitment!

I diligently wrote to him every day and he wrote to me too… with less frequency (see above mentioned freshman year). I understood; however, I remember a time when I must have been pretty frustrated with the lack of correspondence from Grand Forks. On this day I sent a postcard that read, “Love is a commitment not a feeling. Where’s my mail?” And then I quit writing until I received the hoped for letter. The silent treatment has always worked for me with him!

Of course, I said it to make a point and more importantly to get him to sit down and think about us for a moment when his life was so full of things far away from me. At our young age, I think we were particularly blessed to know that love is indeed a commitment and that we needed to work beyond the feeling (wonderful as it is) to make a life together. I guess we sort of understood, as Gary Chapman shares in his book The 5 Languages of Love, that the average in-love experience lasts two years. After that, it needs to be something more.

But commitment seems a little like work, doesn’t it? Sort of boring, maybe? Certainly not romantic! At first blush, perhaps. Then I started thinking…

This commitment makes me feel content.

This commitment makes me feel happy.

It makes me feel joyful, secure, adored, and delighted.

Above all, this commitment that I share with my husband makes me feel loved. And a commitment like that is more romantic than any feeling I’ve had the pleasure of knowing.

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Committed to Leisure

We’ve enjoyed one of the most beautiful autumns in recent memory.  But as the old saying goes, all good things must come to an end.  This happened ceremoniously for us yesterday as we finally brought our boat and dock ashore.

As we and our recruited help worked to put away summer’s toys, I remembered a friend observing how committed my husband and I are to leisure.  How right she was!  Clearly we are willing to work hard and make sacrifices so that we can spend leisurely days floating on the water for a few short months each year.

Those who know me know there are few things that I’m more committed to than spending time at the lake.  For those of you who are not “lake people,” I know it isn’t something that’s easily understood.  Just as I don’t understand those who are committed to golf or those committed to running a marathon, I don’t expect others to always understand my commitment either.

While I don’t always appreciate the specific idea, dream or activity I see others committed to, understanding my own passion for my commitments allows me to respect and admire the commitments of others.  I find this to be true well beyond leisure activities; encompassing commitments in career, relationships, faith and finance.  Because of this, I can respect the commitment someone has to something regardless of whether I understand it or not.

So good-bye summer… I look forward to seeing you again next year.  You have my commitment.

Coaching Challenge: Celebrate

Each day gives us something we can celebrate.  We just need to be ready to see it; ready to shout out a rousing “woo hoo!”  Everyone has something to celebrate.  Today, I challenge you to celebrate.

Here we go…

  • Find something to celebrate today.  It could be your accomplishment or someone else’s.  The celebration can be big or small.  Just celebrate.
  • Plan a celebration.  A birthday.  A retirement.  A reunion.  Find an excuse to celebrate with family and friends.
  • Celebrate an important relationship.  Your time with your loved ones might not be as long as you hope.  Let someone you love know how much he or she means to you while you can.  As often as you can.
  • Acknowledge a milestone you met this week.  They happen all the time.  Did you meet a deadline?  Finish a project?  Pass an anniversary date?  You don’t have to go tell everyone you did it – simply acknowledging your work and time passed is good.  An internal celebration just for you.
  • Find a “win” to celebrate.  Yours or someone else’s.  Perhaps your child got an “A” on a tough assignment.  Or your spouse made a big sale at work.  Or you were able to get a client to re-up on a contract.  Make a favorite dinner or uncork some wine (for the adults, not the kids!).

However you choose to do it, choose to celebrate!

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Celebrate the Wins

Last weekend brought with it celebrations of all kinds, including the celebration of a big win for my nephew’s football team.  And a sweet win it was.

If I have the story straight, the Loons were up against the guys who beat them quite soundly last year.  Last year’s game was a blowout that included injuries for several of the players.  On Saturday they had to face them again.

My nephew, Reece

My nephew is going to be 12 in a few days, so there isn’t a long history with this nemesis – just last year’s game.  I’m sure there were more than a few butterflies in the tummies of these young players as they headed on to the field.

We arrived a little late and the score was 20-7.  The home team was winning!  Honestly, these boys didn’t look like the same team we watched last year.  They were unafraid of the tackle.  They ran fast and hard.  They were winners!  With each play and touchdown we got to our feet and cheered them on, celebrating each small win along the way to the big win of the day.

What a great story of resilience.  Last year’s game was tough but that history didn’t matter.  What mattered was this year.  This game.

How often we bring irrelevant history into what we are doing in the present.  Perhaps if we let it be in the past where it belongs we’d celebrate more wins today.

Celebrate Milestones

Our weekend of celebrations started out with a very important milestone: our youngest son turned 13.  Officially a teen and no longer our baby boy, we’re watching him turn into the man he will become.

Because of his cousin’s wedding, Davis’s birthday was spent at the rehearsal and the groom’s dinner.  Even so, time was taken to mark his milestone birthday as others and we paused to give him gifts or wish him a happy birthday.  The bride led us all in a rousing chorus of “Happy Birthday” following our meal as well.

It could be argued that the day we reach a milestone is like any another day.  Most milestones are not life-changing events, really.  Our son is the same today as he was a week ago.  But then, things aren’t quite the same either.  Reaching a milestone by definition puts something else in the past.  For Davis, it was his childhood.  At retirement, it is a career.  At graduation, it’s cramming for exams and all-nighters.

It’s this piece that makes it important for milestones to be celebrated.  It’s a way to recognize the work completed and the time past.  Whether celebrating with a big party or simply enjoying your own quiet acknowledgement, taking the opportunity to enjoy and relish the moment is something that should not be missed.

Celebrate!

Celebrate Life

In the midst of what was planned to be a joyful weekend, we took time to say good-bye to a friend lost suddenly to a tragic accident.  When his young widow sent out invites to his funeral as a “Celebration of Life” I honestly didn’t know how it could be done.  It’s so heartbreaking to witness someone taken too early.

Eric’s Celebration of Life was held a few hours before the wedding and still my husband and I wanted to be there.  Wanted to say good-bye.

We arrived to a packed church filled with grieving family and friends.  A beautiful photo tribute to our friend played as people found their seats.  The service began and soon there was time for an informal eulogy; a time for anyone to come to the altar and share a story.  His best friend Keith began…

I’m in awe of people who can work through their grief and share their hearts during a time like this.  Within moments we were laughing, remembering the joy Eric would bring to a room.  Many were smiling as we heard stories about his childhood, his sense of humor and his entrepreneurial spirit.

During that time of remembrance, I felt a shift from grieving to celebrating.  Not celebrating in the way we would celebrate later that day, but celebrating nonetheless.  Celebrating that we’d been able to enjoy the time our friend had on this Earth and the impact he made while he was here.

And for those who believe, celebrating that we’d see him again on the other side.

Let no one weep for me, or celebrate my funeral with mourning; for I still live, as I pass to and fro through the mouths of men. ~Quintus Ennius

Eric (on the right) with my family and Keith while visiting us in Germany.

Celebrate Love

We enjoyed a weekend full of celebrations as my only niece was married to a wonderful young man.  What makes celebrations so delightful is not simply the happy occasion pulling everyone together, but also the response and behavior of the participants involved in the event.

I noticed that some rules get thrown out the window when we’re celebrating.  Nobody is on diet (I’ve got to try more than one flavor of the cupcakes!).  Parents aren’t always sure where their kids are (I last saw her on the dance floor…).  Kids eat too much candy and cake (they had a candy bar!) while their parents enjoy another glass of their favorite adult beverage.

Everyone looks beautiful.  Even so, people don’t seem to care as much what others think of them (queue Y.M.C.A.).  Uncomfortable shoes are tossed under the table (It’s so hard to dance in high heels).  Suit coats are left on the back of chairs.

All other responsibilities and cares are set aside to be fully present for that moment.  Smartphones are used to upload pictures instead of checking email.  Nobody talks about work.

Family and friends travel for miles and spend hundreds of dollars on tuxedoes, dresses, hotel rooms and gifts, happily.  People spend hours decorating to make everything look perfect.

Thoughts drift back as stories are shared about past celebrations.  Imaginations soar forward as people are reminded that dreams do come true.

And that’s what makes it a celebration.  Obviously we can’t throw out all the rules, look our best, or ignore work every day.  What we can do is take every chance we get to celebrate that which is truly wonderful in life.

Celebrate love. It is the breath of your existence and the best of all reasons for living.          ~Author Unknown

Coaching Challenge: Procrastination

It’s the rare individual who never procrastinates, so I’m going to go with the assumption that we could all improve in this area.  That means that I’m going to throw out some challenges instead of having you think about your procrastination.  C’mon!  We all need to quit putting off something.  Time to quit thinking and start doing!

Here we go…

  • Scrub your to-do list.  What’s been on there the longest?  Dig deep and figure out why you’re avoiding that task.  Do what you need to do to get it done or give the task to someone else.  No to-do list?  Create one.
  • Be honest with yourself about the last time you had to work under pressure because of your procrastination.  Recognize what you could have otherwise done.  Apologize to those you negatively impacted.  Resolve to behave differently next time.
  • Perhaps you’ve identified yourself as a chronic procrastinator.  Go back and read the articles and books linked from each post this week.  Change.
  • Identify something that you always delay doing – like my example of house cleaning.  Create or find a monitoring system to help keep you honest and timely with that chore.  Use it.
  • Think about the biggest thing you’ve been avoiding.  Identify how it ties to your long-term goals.  Remember why it landed on your list in the first place.  Think about who your procrastination impacts and who will be impacted when you complete the goal.  Recognize the motivation this creates and take advantage of it to get it done.

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone. ~Pablo Picasso


So What If I Procrastinate?

At this point in the week there may be a few of you thinking, “Yeah, I procrastinate.  So what?  It doesn’t hurt anything.”

Well, you’re wrong.  Procrastination does hurt some things: you, those around you, and your work.

Procrastination hurts you.  While there is evidence that procrastinators are healthier while they are procrastinating, stress that comes with the rush to make a deadline more than makes up for it.  Research led by Dr. Fuschia Sirois of the University of Windsor found that,

…trait procrastination (our tendency to procrastinate in most areas of our lives quite chronically) is linked with poor health in adults, and that this association is best explained by the direct effects of stress.  (Learn more in the post by Timothy A. Pychyl, PhD – Unnecessary Illusions and the Truth about Procrastination.)

Procrastination hurts those around you.  Your delays impact others.  Period.  To quote Dr. Pychyl again (this time from Psychology Today):

In the name of “working better under pressure,” too often social engagements are canceled, promises are broken, and favors called in to have others problem solve last-minute catastrophes (a jammed printer becomes a national emergency). Anyone within the vicinity suffers the intense pressure of the looming deadline. Procrastination harms relationships at home and at work.

Procrastination hurts your work.  Funny thing – people say they work better under pressure but research simply doesn’t support it at all.  In layman’s terms, our brains break down when we are under pressure.  Sian Bielock, PhD offers a more clinical explanation in her piece Losing Your Cool Under Pressure:

…under pressure, the prefrontal cortex (and the working-memory housed there) stops working the way it should. This malfunction of the prefrontal cortex also wreaks havoc on our ability to control our emotions. A major component of working-memory is inhibition, which helps us keep what we want in mind and what we don’t want out. It also helps us control our thoughts, emotions, and behavior.

So procrastinate if you choose.  When you do, know that your choice comes with a price to you, those around you, and your work.

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Quit Procrastinating!

How can we inspire ourselves to quit procrastinating?  Especially for those “don’t wanna” responsibilities that we know we have to do ourselves?  There are a variety of forcing functions we can put in place to get moving in the right direction.  Here are a few that I’ve found to work:

  • Find an accountability partner.  Saying out-loud that you are going to get something done by a certain time often helps – if only to save embarrassment.
  • Practice The Nothing Alternative. Writer Raymond Chandler avoids procrastination with a simple rule; “If I can’t write, I will do nothing.”  (Noted in Willpower by Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney)  Setting aside time to do a specific task without any interruptions can be very effective.  Plan for it.
  • Reward yourself.   Hey, if bribes work for the kids, maybe they’ll work for you, too!  Depending on the size of the task, the reward can be small or large.  Is it a beautiful day outside?  Reward yourself with a walk in the sunshine when you’ve completed the undesirable chore.  Enjoy an afternoon coffee?  Tell yourself you’ll only go out to get your coffee after you’ve completed the dreaded deed.
  • Monitor yourself.  I find this particularly helpful for things I don’t like to do that come up again and again – like house cleaning.  When I keep track of what’s been cleaned and when, two things happen.  First, I know how long it’s been since I last did what I’m avoiding and it shames me into taking action.  Second, I don’t keep doing the easy jobs over and over simply to feel like I’m cleaning – the chart shows me that it hasn’t been that long since I’ve done them.
  • Tackle it in the morning.  As you’ve read here before, our willpower is strongest in the morning and for tasks we dread, we need all the willpower we can get!
  • Remind yourself why the task landed on your to-do list in the first place.  Remembering the connection to a long-term goal, dearly held values, or a loved one can be a powerful motivator – even with seemingly menial chores.

Perhaps we shouldn’t have to put tricks in place to force ourselves to complete a task.  However, we do tend to play mind games with ourselves to avoid them.  Sometimes we have to do the same to get things done.

Why We Procrastinate

When actively procrastinating, it always helps me to understand the “why” behind it.  After all, we don’t procrastinate simply for its pure pleasure.  Usually we’re making ourselves somewhat uncomfortable and frustrated by doing so.  So why on Earth would we do that to ourselves?

I recently ran across a piece on BusinessTown.com listing the Five Reasons Why We Procrastinate and what to do about each of them.  I’ll give you the short version here.

  • You haven’t really committed to doing the job
  • You’re afraid of the job
  • You don’t place a high enough priority on the activity
  • You don’t know enough to do the task
  • You just plain don’t wanna!

Now it can be dealt with, right?  Knowing the reason driving the procrastination allows for seeing it more clearly.  If there’s something else that needs to be known, understood, or gathered before moving forward, it can be done.  Conversely, if its something that could be moved off the to-do list by hiring it out or delegating, those are options, too.  (Though I would strongly discourage managers from taking their “don’t wanna” tasks and delegating them to their staff – but that’s a different post for another day.)

Have something that has been on your to-do list for too long?  Take a moment to figure out why you’ve been putting it off and then plot your course of action.

Putting It Off Until Tomorrow

Happy Monday!  It’s the start of a new week with a fresh to-do list of what you expect to get done over the next five workdays.

What?  Your to-do list isn’t fresh?  It has a few carry-overs from last week?  Maybe even from last month?

What are you putting off?

Yeah, I’m talking about procrastination.

It’s Monday morning and I already moved something scheduled for this morning to next week.  Sure, I have a few good excuses but if I’d really wanted to make it happen, it would have.  I’m procrastinating a bit.

That said, I am a firm believer in my to-do list and I do fight the urge to procrastinate as often as I’m able.  You might say I’m a reformed procrastinator as I used to live by the rule “why do to today what you can put off until tomorrow?”  Thankfully that’s no longer the case.

Procrastination is something some people wear like a badge of honor.  Their attitude is that they’ll do something when they’re good and ready to do so, not when someone or something else dictates that they should.  But deadlines and the impact on others are real, and procrastination can come back and bite a person hard.

So what to do about it?  We’ll spend some time thinking about that this week.  I’m putting it off until tomorrow.

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