Thoughts on procrastination (for BBC Leicester).
We often go day to day thinking that we have plenty of time to do the things we want to do, which means that, day to day, we end up putting things off. ‘There’ll always be tomorrow’, we say, and carry on doing the things we’ve always done, until ‘Maybe tomorrow’ becomes ‘Yesterday’, and a new deadline appears to us like a mirage in a desert – always moving as we do, yet somehow managing to stay the same distance away from us.
We know we don’t have the power to change what’s already happened (or what we’ve been delaying from happening), and we know that there won’t always be a tomorrow for us to shift our responsibilities to – for ourselves or those we care about – so it’s important to recognise that it is when we refuse to act immediately in favour of taking the easier or more comfortable route, that we run the risk of all of the ‘maybe tomorrows’ turning into ‘yesterdays’ – and all of our good intentions finally expiring with time.
However, things don’t have to be this way: we can change our yesterdays to make them worthy of a tomorrow we want to see. So if I’m to leave you with one bit of advice this morning, it would be to stop putting things off. If you want something, work for it. If you don’t like something, say it. If you love someone, tell them. Good intentions are great but it is how we decide to act in this very moment which matters. Yesterday’s been and gone, let’s recognise this and focus on how we can create a better tomorrow.