No matter what we do in life, we are all faced with some type of deadline. April has a famous deadline. If you don’t file your income taxes, you’ll be subject to a major hassle. Other deadlines such as projects at work or school assignments need to be on time. Payments for your car, credit cards, mortgage, and insurance all have consequences if you do not meet a deadline.
If we’re willing to endure the consequences, maybe there are some things we can delay. However, there will be an “extra charge,” possibly too costly.
Despite many warnings and reminders, it seems we humans tend to push time management to the limits. I like to tell friends that I am not a procrastinator because I do not have time for it.
Do you know why you tend to delay starting or finishing tasks? According to studies, there are many reasons. I can only speak for myself. I believe I really do not put things off, but I do seem to live on the edge. When I get that overwhelming feeling, it seems that I will get nothing done. Depending on how stressful, I may get the simpler things done first, working my way up to the big things. Other times I will attempt to get that one big item done, hoping that it will free up time and energy to get to the rest of the tasks. There is no simple solution. However, it is always best to have a plan to make some progress toward completion.
How we manage deadlines will help us on the journey to a healthy lifestyle. Again, not holding up to all deadlines will have consequences. We need to take care of our health. Choosing better eating habits and increasing our physical activity are key steps. The “extra charge” for delaying this may be the need to take prescription drugs or paying for more medical tests.
If you put off starting your journey or are feeling overwhelmed and have slowed your progress, make small steps now. Make today the day you start walking again or giving up that sweet snack. Taking care of our health is one deadline that needs to be seriously taken. There is a reason why it is called a deadline.
Stay tuned, because my next blog will begin a series of eighteen installments called “A SENSE-ble Look at Healthy Living,” focused on the human senses.