A doctor turned to his patient and said, “Bill, I have some bad news and some worse news.”

“Hold on now doctor,” said the concerned patient, “I can handle bad news and good news, but bad news and worse news?”

The doctor asked which one he should share first. Bill wanted the bad news first. “Well,” the doctor said sadly, “the results of all the tests are in and you only have twenty-four hours to live.” 

“What? That’s the bad news? What could possibly be worse than that?”

The doctor replied apologetically, “We found out yesterday and forgot to tell you.”

It is relatively easy to come up with many excuses for putting things off. Let me sleep on it first. There is lots of time to do that this weekend. We don’t have the time right now. I will get around to it later.

Well, now you have ‘A Round Tuit’, so get on with it already!

Why do we procrastinate?

The reason is quite simple! It is easy to put off the unpleasant, difficult, and time-consuming tasks. In essence,

procrastination is nothing more than a time waster. It causes many more headaches than it cures. Think right now of all the small tedious things you have procrastinated about in the past week, month, year, decade. They are all cramping your brain.

The first sign of procrastination shows up to me in conversations with my clients. Key expressions I look for include, but are not limited to; “I’ll get that done as soon as I finish . . . ,”

“Ya, I know I should, but I want to finish building it first,” “I don’t have the money for that right now,” etc. Deflect and defer.

It is not surprising that an operations oriented person will procrastinate on selling their product or service until it is perfected. A sales oriented person will sell, sell, sell, but won’t build a business model that leverages greater success out of their selling. I’m a fairly ops oriented person, so to counter that, I recently sold a workshop I hadn’t even built yet.


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