Procrastination has met its guilt ridden match—Precrastination! Now there is social stigma associated with being too efficient. Ironically I can relate.
Back in the early 90s I worked at a small local CPA firm and the construction industry was doing its usual dip, so there wasn’t a lot of work to do in my area. I was responsible for all of the financial statement audits and there was another division of the CPA firm that prepared all of the taxes. Apparently the Tax Partner was swamped and couldn’t get all the tax returns done timely. Since I was in the audit division I had no idea what was going on in the tax department, so I was spending my spare time on continuing professional education.
The Tax Partner complained to the General Partner that I wasn’t doing “anything” to which I said, “Give me some tax returns. I have prepared taxes before. I will help!” Of course I thought I was helping until I finished three personal tax returns by noon and I was promptly told, “You did that on purpose!” “Did what on purpose?” I said, thinking I would get praise not condemnation. “You just did those tax returns so fast just to make a point…” Trying not to laugh at the craziness of what was happening, I explained, “I used to do taxes, so it really wasn’t a big deal, do you have anymore?” “No, you’ve done enough…” OMG sometimes people just want to make things harder than they need to be and they really don’t want someone to come help them, be more efficient, or figure out a better way to do it.
So when it comes to this new thing for people to feel guilty about—Precrastination—don’t fall for it. Make every moment count, big or little, do what you do with purpose and passion and don’t put it off out of fear of precrastination and what others think of you. In my case above, it turned out I stopped working for that firm within a month after the above incident and went on to work at a very large local CPA firm where I was not only happily very busy, but where being efficient was rewarded in the way of promotions and bonuses. I also met my future client, friend, and employer/biggest client that changed my world in ways I could never have imagined. Had I stayed in the other small firm and tried to fit in, who knows where I would be now? Probably not as far as I am today…
Sherri Sue Fisher, author of TimerOrganizer and TimerDiet
So now there is a biological reason for being late! Well according to the researchers reported by Elle Magazine. But, I am guessing that if you had to meet an attorney at $500 an hour you would be on time, or tickets to a program that did not allow late arrivals, or how about your surgery that is scheduled at 7AM sharp. More than likely if you are late, it is because you have decided the consequences are not that dire.
We feel it! We hate it! We want to get rid of it! But, should we?
Recent Focus on Happiness
There has been a lot of focus on happiness lately, so much so that if you aren’t happy people begin to think you are just a whiner. But, I don’t think that is true. For the most part the desire to be happy is for one’s own purpose. It may be true that someone around you may also feel happier momentarily or they may just be annoyed that you are happy.
This appears to be a topic on the minds of many this last week and ironically it is one of the topics I touch on in my recently released book TimerOrganizer. In Chapter 3—Before You Start Organizing, I discuss the theory of Having It All.Continue reading Having it ALL→
If you are in business you have probably heard this mantra and especially when it comes to sales. So what does it mean? When you are dealing with someone (presumably a business associate) you don’t want to promise too much, but you want to always give more than you promised.
Why is it a Mantra?
You may be wondering if you have not heard this saying before why it is a mantra and even more so why do people have a problem not doing this in the first place. Perhaps you’re not the one who has said, “I’ll call you,” when you knew the date did not go well. Or the one who said, “I would love to help you with your –project, charity, problem – or whatever the case may be,” only to realize you are so busy that you have no idea how you are going to fulfill your promise. But, if you are you know what it’s like to want to ease the silence, make someone happy or at the very least not disappointment them. This is why it is a mantra…we want to promise so much…