Do It Now, Sometimes “Later” Becomes “Never”
Most of us delay our work to a future time saying we will do it “later”. “Later” is never a planned time. It eventually comes down to that one day when you have to do the delayed task at a higher cost to oneself or you will never really do it casually postponing the work forever. For example: giving your car for service, enrolling in a yoga class, and making a mutual fund investment. We all have so much content and information thrown at us in the form of entertainment, news, alerts, discounts and some relevant information, we are struggling to make peaceful time for ourselves and to prioritize our own needs. Therefore, in all probability, when you postpone that work to a “later” time-period, the chances that you will go back to it judiciously is much lower today than what it was twenty years ago. So, if you can do something “now”, do it “now”.
One common complaint or counter to the above argument is: if I keep doing all work on time and do not delay it to a “later” period, then in today’s world you keep getting more and more work which is important and urgent and eventually it comes to sacrificing your own personal time, feelings and priorities to a harmful extent. So, how do we balance it in such a way that we still do things “on-time” and at the same time don’t kill ourselves?
It all comes down to how you want to distribute your time. We all have 168 hours in a week and with seven hours per day of sleep we have 119 hours of wake-time for ourselves. If we say professional and personal life is equally important, we shall split work-time and personal-time 60 hours each (let’s say 120 hours of wake-time for easy calculations) or we shall split professional, personal and family time at 40 hours each. Basis how you partition the 119 hours, you will have to work around 8-11 hours on professional work, 3 to 5 hours on family time and 3 to 5 hours on personal time during weekdays and 8.5 hours of family time and personal time each on weekends. While the distribution is finally upon the individual’s priorities, this helps to serve you as an indication of the time you need to spend in each part of your life. This will help you to realize for yourself if you are prioritizing one part of your life over other for a long period of time.
When we say “Do It Now”, it means to prioritize your work within these boundaries that you define for yourself.