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Posted by imrananwar on December 16, 2016
One of my worst weaknesses (yes, shocking that I have even one, right? LOL) all my life has been procrasti….. wait a second, let me install this hot new software first… OK… I am back… yes, as I was saying… procrastination. I am kidding about installing the software (or am I ? LOL).. but you get the idea.
The one flaw of my many which has let me… or, I should say, that I have let keep me from doing all that I need, want, aim, dream and hope to achieve in my life. I have probably only hit 1-2% of all that God gave my potential for, and it is a crying shame that it is so little because of the one weakness which I allow to get the better of me.
One way I have compensated for the many days of my life I was not productive is doing things in binges… Just like watching Netflix‘s The House Of Cards 13 episodes per season within 2-3 nights, I will sometimes go 24-36 hours on a productivity binge.
That is what I ended up doing last night when I took this selfie this morning. As Friday dawns over the Great South Bay outside my windows at home on Long Island, with merely 2 weeks left in what was one of the fastest flying years I can remember, I am taking time to reflect.
The good thing on such 24-36 hour days is that I will get a lot done, but the down side is that each time, each darn time, I kick myself about how this or that could have been done weeks, or even months ago. And, as many of you are all too familiar, I am sure, you too end up swearing off procrastination, “Never Again!” Until, of course, we do it the very next day or week.
We may not always overcome every weakness, but at least committing to fight it is a step forward. Not just a promise to make in new year’s resolutions, not just in promising ourselves to try to make tomorrow better, but to doing it Now!… Forget doing better tomorrow.. Make the rest of today, make the rest of this hour, even make this minute, a better use of time than the previous.
That is a fresh start without having to wait for a new year… That is a chance to begin anew even as our lives hurtle towards an end we all will reach sooner or later. No matter what time is left available to use, let us promise to make better use of it.
May God give us the strength to overcome our weaknesses and the tenderness to forgive ourselves and others for what we fail to achieve due to them. As long as we promise “I can and will do better” … we will!
© 2016 IMRAN™
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Posted by imrananwar on April 18, 2016
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Posted by imrananwar on April 13, 2016
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Posted by imrananwar on April 10, 2016
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Posted by imrananwar on April 10, 2016
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Posted by imrananwar on January 14, 2016
When the lapdog henchmen treasonous military officials under dead dog dictator General Zia had me arrested and court martial(ed) for being a student leader opposed to his CIA-backed, US-funded, fundamentalist-creating, government, I was among several people thrown in Kot Lakhpat Prison, in Lahore, Pakistan… of course after being beaten up quite well by 6 cops, sentenced ostensibly to 2 years hard labor without any defense allowed by some two-bit colonel in Summary Military Court (SMC37), shackled and thrown off a truck on reaching prison…the amazing thing was how my mind immediately started looking forward to making that a positive experience. I immediately decided I would request 3 things to be sent to me.
These would be sheets of paper and some pens so I could write a book (still not done since 1982 LOL), learn to play #music (with the ground breaking Casio VL-1) and, yes, a Rubik’s Cube so I could learn to solve it. In the decades since, I wrote a lot but did not actually publish a book, I made a music CD but did not actually learn to play piano or guitar, but one thing I did not even get to try much… the Cube.
Good thing I waited so long, as you can see from this video, when even a rudimentary robot can effortlessly solve it. Auto-Melody and Accompaniment & Tune programs already exist in music, making untalented people like me sound tolerable. Now all I have to do is wait for the one that will take all my writings, organize them and publish a couple of books for me. LOL
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Posted by imrananwar on November 29, 2015
I recently saw a good post on Medium about a poster that author saw on the FaceBook campus… “Ruthless Prioritization”.
That is a great topic of extraordinary significance to me. I have countless ideas. I even get started on dozens.
Yet, my actual productivity, not just output, but effective productivity that gets things done, that brings goals closer to reality, can often be drowned in my desire to organize, prioritize and optimize my tools rather than in doing what needs to get done.
Cal it procrastination, call is avoidance, call it laziness, call it stupidity, but the end result is the same…
Dreams remain dreams, and things do not get done until months later, when I kick myself seeing how easily I could have done them way back when.
One simple rule I am still trying to teach myself is….
Prioritize DOING SOMETHING (Anything!) Over PRIORITIZING!!
It is too easy to become OCD about prioritizing types of things important to us, then prioritizing projects within those, then tasks within those.
I find the ONLY days I get ANYTHING done is when I pick up and DO SOMETHING, ANYTHING, and literally get on a roll of getting things done.
Otherwise, I have spent one-third of my productive life investigating and evaluating tools, one-third installing and optimizing them, and one-third prioritizing things in them… leaving a big fat 0.0% of my time to DO *anything* out of what I need to achieve.
That is still one of the single biggest weaknesses I have…
One of these days I will prioritize my list of weaknesses, to see which ones to find and evaluate tools to overcome next. [wink].
What do you think? Do you have this problem? How do you overcome it?
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Posted by imrananwar on September 28, 2015
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Posted by imrananwar on July 28, 2015
Posted in Imran, Imran Anwar, Life, Long Island, Love, New York, Prose, Sex, Sunset | Tagged: Erotica, Fire Island, Imran, Imran Anwar, Long Island, Love, Lust, New York, Sensuality, Sex, Sunset | Leave a Comment »