So there were groans of recognition all round at journalist Rowan Pelling’s reflections on procrastination on the BBC website, and the stories of epic delays sent in by readers. I particularly liked Steve Swift’s admission:
When we first got married, my wife brought home a whiteboard on which we could list the jobs that needed to be done. About a year later it disappeared. Just before our silver wedding anniversary, I found the whiteboard in our garage. There were about 20 jobs on it. None of them had been done – and most of them still needed to be done.
While I’ve got a while before my 25th wedding anniversary, I can see the danger. So I’m trying to look at my to-do list and give everything one of three labels:
- Do it – and give it a time-frame
- Forget it (at least until it actually disrupts my life)
- Get someone else to do it or organise it
Getting someone else to do it means deciding what I really want doing – but often that’s what’s stopping me getting round to it in the first place. If you’re new to bringing in help like that, our step-by-step guide to starting delegating should help.
Alternatively, contact us to find out how we can help you avoid the embarrassing whiteboard in the garage.