Procrastinators – Rules to Live By

If you can honestly say you live by the rules mentioned below, you are welcome to apply for membership of the  Ancient Order of Two-Headed Turtles (the Society of Procrastinators ) if and when they ever get themselves organised.

Some people will always be procrastinators and so to make your life easier I have outlined some rules that if you adhere to them will ensure that you can become the best procrastinator you can possibly be.

  • Strongly believe that if anything is worth doing, somebody somewhere would have been done it already.
  • Never move too quickly, except when avoiding work or finding excuses to avoid work.
  • Always give a lifetime of consideration to a task before rushing into it.
  • Ensure all deadlines are met with an urgency that is directly in proportion to the amount of bodily injury you could expect to receive from missing them.
  • Remember that with the speed of change in today’s world, new technologies and astounding discoveries are guaranteed to reprieve you from your obligations.
  • Truly believe that any deadline you are given will be unreasonable regardless of the amount of time given.
  • Always remember that although infinitesimally small, the probability of a miracle, is not exactly zero.
  • If at first you don’t succeed, it was obviously not meant to be.
  • In the first instance, always make a decision not to decide, unless of course you decide to change your mind.
  • Always begin, start, initiate, take the first step, and/or write the first word, only when absolutely necessary.
  • Always have in mind the law of inverse excuses, which states that the greater the task to be done, the more insignificant the work that must be done prior to beginning the greater task.
  • Remember that the cycle of work is wait/plan/plan and not plan/start/finish, as others would have you think.
  • Only put off until tomorrow, what you can’t forget about forever.

So are you on course to be the best procrastinator you can be, or would you like some help, if it is the latter feel free to drop me a line [email protected]

Till next Time

The Time Doctor – Mike Gardner

Mike Gardner aka ‘The Time Doctor’ and is highly regarded as one of the UK’s leading Time Management and productivity specialists. As well as being regularly featured in both online and off-line media outlets around the world, he is the author of the best selling time management book, Business Owners: Your Family Misses You. He regularly speaks on topics that are congruent with his mission of helping small business owners, entrepreneurs and independent professionals to be incredibly productive, whilst still balancing their business and family commitments in a way that enables them to feel fulfilled and guilt-free. He is an avid Aston Villa fan, a Dad to Neil & Emma, a hubby to Wendy and in his role as an Officer with the reserve forces, he has completed operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Please note: Although I thank you for commenting, I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge

One thought on “Procrastinators – Rules to Live By

  1. whew! I’n not a true procrastinator! I’ll think about some things and take actions on others. After reading this list- I feel pretty good about myself! Thanks.