“Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.”
One of my early managers gave me some “constructive” feedback in my yearly review. He wrote something along the lines of “Greg has trouble doing the things he isn’t interested in doing.” Wow. That stung. Unfortunately, that was true and was probably the most insightful and accurate thing a manager had written on one of my reviews to date. Turns out, Rob was a pretty smart guy.
I’d like to say I did a fast turn around, but that was not the case. If I remember correctly, I soon became a team leader (kind of a junior manager position), and I was smart enough to hire a guy from Indiana named Matt to do all the dirty work. Work smarter not harder maybe?
Twenty-something years later, Rob might actually be satisfied that I’ve finally learned how to do the things I don’t want to do. The journey was tough, but marriage, parenting, and a mortgage seem to have been the catalysts for change there. Now, even at the day job, I spend most of my time doing things I don’t want to do but do anyway.
So what’s the secret? That 2019 word again: action. I fight my tendency to be a world-class procrastinator by taking small steps. I still have work to do in many areas, but action works. And if you have trouble taking action, hire Matt.
Thanks for reading.