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"Tomorrow is the Greatest Thief of Today"

I came up with the title of today's post as I was asking myself, "What is getting in the way of doing what I need to do today?" Was it un-anticipated tasks? Was it the Dice Today Tomorrow
temptation of "avoidance behavior" - TV, the book I want to finish, or the pleasant surprise of an invitation from a friend?  Was it circumstances outside of my control that completely de-railed my good intentions? 

No. It was none of these.  It was simply the too tempting availability of something that doesn't even exist: tomorrow. Tomorrow beckons me from less than a day away, and slowly the rest of today fades into a blur,  and tomorrow's clean slate comes into focus as a much better option to start a new project.

Today is already cluttered with distractions. Tomorrow won't have any distractions.  Except, . . . . I think I said that yesterday. 



I love preparing for the future, so much easier than living in the present!

Kristin L. Roush, Ph.D.

So true, Mike! Thanks so much for your comment. I look forward to hearing more from you!

Freddie Rodriguez

Wow! This really caught my attention. I am the biggest procrastinator. I wait for the last minute to do things and most of the time end up doing it really fast or not doing it at all. This advice was really helpful for helping me to get my priorities straight - something I can use to improve my life and get done what is important and put off what is not . Thank you, Kris.

Kristin L. Roush, Ph.D.

Thanks for your comment, Freddie! Most of us can relate to procrastinating - at least some of the time. Good luck with sorting out your priorities in a conscious way. Sometimes, when we "put first things first," that means that some other things have to be "put second."

Amanda Lopez

I really liked this, Kris. I am also a procrastinator, but I'm working on changing that.

Kristin L. Roush, Ph.D.

Hi Amanda,
Great! I'd love to hear about any specific things you are doing differently about procrastinating. Thanks for your comment!

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