Saturday, 7 November 2015

Why do today what you can put off until overmorrow

Are you a procrastinator?

Do you have a long list of things you plan to do today but never quite get round to.

I stumbled across a great new word this morning on Twitter.


To defer until the day after tomorrow; to postpone for a day

I might set up a company called that one day. Not today obviously, that would be mad.

Anyway, if you knew your time was up what would you really want to do?

I read a powerful piece in The Telegraph today about the legend that is Mohammed Ali. The Greatest fighter to ever live.

He is quoted saying: "I believe that when you die and go to heaven God won't ask you what you've done but what you could've done."

Put aside religion, I quite like the sentiment.

What's stopping you doing something you really want to do?

Really stopping you.

Step through the fear my friends. Just feckin do it.

We have a phrase at work, born out of some business theory or other, that you should worry most about the bits you can control.

Worrying about stuff you can only influence a bit, or have no control over is futile. But we all do it.

My brother who works in A&E as a doctor has another more humbling phrase. 'No-one died today did they.'

Work has been tough recently. Really tough. Things haven't all gone to plan. In fact it feels like I've let people down.

I can post rationalise why we are where we are. It mainly involves blaming other people or circumstances out of my control.

But nobody has died.

So today I make this commitment to you, I'm going to do something today that normally I'd put off until overmorrow.

You'll have to come back tomorrow to find out what it was.


  1. I think that many people are becoming entirely reactive to events around them. I chose to instigate a 2 hour 'thinking time' slot for team recently. It is an open session where any topic can be discussed. It has had some surprisingly good outcomes.