You can’t bottle it up.

If you were on your way home one hassle-free day and you were to choose whether to ride a cab, the train, or a jeepney, what would you choose? would you opt to take the fast ride or bother to spend some time taking a jeepney ride? Well, given a lot of factors I believe many would choose the faster option in order to get home the soonest possible. But melancholic people who wouldn’t bother much about the traffic like ehem, me, a jeepney ride especially in the mid-afternoon or at night could be a good time for reflections. But then that thing becomes the issue–TIME. Do we make time or find time? Do we have enough of it or are we always lacking?

I remember Sharyl say that once students get to shift from studying to working, time will have a higher value for them. It will then be reasonable to spend more money or exert more effort just to save more time, at least. Riding a taxi, for instance, wouldn’t then seem so expensive but would become more of a need–to meet schedules, and be more productive with time. When you get to work, there is one thing to avoid for sure: procrastination. As I was actually Procrastinating during the sem break last year,  I was able to read an article by Bonita Joyner Shields from the Jan-Feb 2007 edition of  Health&Home that actually brought me back to my senses. Part of the article goes something like this:

What can we do to overcome procrastination?

Make the tasks look small and easy in your mind.

Who says it is hard? It’s all in the mind. If you think it would be easy, it would be easier for you to do it.

Do only a small part of the task each time.

Make easy -to-do goals each day, so that you get going even with just little steps at a time.

Five-minute plan.

Give it five minutes. If you feel like quitting after five minutes, then go. Shields says that, being involved with it, you will be more likely to keep going.

Advertise your plans to accomplish something, and let peer pressure push you forward.

You wouldn’t want to be embarrassed before your friends. Besides, more than the embarrassment, their support and encouragement will help you a lot in accomplishing the task. Who knows, they might just give a hand to make the task really lighter!

Modify your environment.

If working near your bed really won’t work, try going to the library or being with friends who have good, anti-procrastinating work habits. Come on, you know what will make you work. 🙂

Plan tomorrow and establish priorities.

If you get to know what has to be done as well as the steps to accomplish them, then most probably it would give you enough push to start working (knowing that the list would be too long to just ignore).

Expect some backsliding.

Bad habits are hard to break, so don’t be too hard on yourself. Try hard. If you didn’t make it, try again. Soon you’ll get through.

For a copy of the original article Confessions of a Procrastinator by Shields, you can click here.

Sure, staying on  track IS hard. But we always need to remind ourselves that we are losing a lot whenever we delay things that have to be done, not just in terms of work or academics. As Christopher Parker said, “Procrastination is like a credit card; it’s a lot of fun until you get the bill.” The thing is, we have to be wise in our use of time. Every minute is something we can’t take back –an important resource that we can’t regain, unlike money or strength or skill. It is not something we can bottle up for future use; it just keeps flowing, and we have to make the best use of it every moment.

Whether in school or at work, with family or friends, time is something to be crucially considered. Time is the best gift we can give to others, but once used in a wrong way, it could be one worst regret we could ever make.

“…make every minute count.”

Ephesians 5:16 (CEV)

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