favourite mistake has always been procrastination — why do today what you can put off till tomorrow!
Anyways, I sprang out of bed (it’s 2am!) to blog this right away, partly so that I don’t forget it
by morning (like most of my life-changing late-night ideas) and mostly so that I can claim that this is one task I didn’t put off indefinitely 🙂
I have always been actively involved with the YLTP (Youth Leadership Training Program) since its inception. For those of you who don’t have any idea about YLTP, I shall write about it in a detailed post shortly. Suffice it to say that it’s a train-the-trainer program where the so-called “educated unemployed” rural youth are empowered to become change agents and transform the lives of people in their own villages and communities.
The greatest logistical challenge was how to monitor all these youth once they were in the field,
implementing the 5H program. One of my friends made an ingenious observation — the ones who were diligently filing weekly reports were the ones not doing any work, whereas the ones who were really active had no time to write reports (of course, the local administration would give us glowing reviews, confidentially!)
Most people I know are really fond of making to-do lists. Really really fond of them — I know, I used to be like that too. The moment something was not going right in life, what did we do? We sat down and decided to tackle the problem head-on…by making a to-do list — “when i do such-and-so, and when i get up at this-and-that time, and when i lose xyz kilos, everything will be perfect, and I won’t feel guilty any more” “I have to finish blah-blah jobs by this evening, I
must reply to all these mails within two days, I must clear my inbox by the end of this week, ” and so on…..
…and that’s usually where the buck stops! Now that the to-do list is made, i can go on repeating the exact same patterns, but this time with the justification, or false reassurance, that I have a Plan to get out of it. Have you ever thought that its actually the to-do list that keeps you
where you are?
Ok I know some of you are going to give me the spiel about setting a deadline, ticking off completed tasks, having goals yadda yadda, but this post is simply about the mindset that says to us — “I do have a plan to get this done, and I am gonna get around to it…sometime!”
Fact is, its only going to get done when you DO IT.
Here’s hoping that all your to-do lists are converted to Its-Done lists 🙂
And now, gooooooddd niiiiiitttteeee yaaaawwwwwnnnn zzzzzzz…..