Do It Now

There is a metal sculpture in my kitchen that reads in shiny gold wire: “Do It Now”.

I bought this as a Christmas gift for my parents when I was in elementary school during one of those gifts shops at lunch. It was probably donated by a teacher who was decluttering their home. And, to be honest, it is completely useless and not even that pretty. However, seven-year-old Ashley thought it would be the perfect Christmas gift for her parents for some reason. Seven-year-old Ashley also barely spoke English and definitely could not read the words “Do It Now” never mind know what they meant.

But beyond the randomness of this gift, it’s inspired 17-year-old Ashley to do the things that she wants, and to do them, well, now.

In the last couple of years, I’ve learned that to get what you want, not only will you have to do it yourself, you’ll also have to do it as quickly as possible. As we learned in cheer camp ten years ago, we should always B-E A-G-G-R-E-S-S-I-V-E. The Early Bird Gets the Worm!!

But I’m not just talking about how if you want to get that burrito before they run out, you should go early. I’m talking about how if you don’t do the things you want to do now, you will never do it. If you don’t have time for something today, you probably will not have time for it tomorrow.

I’ve realized that I’ve gotten too good at prioritizing things. Every day, I used to make the daily to-do list, highlighting the things that must be done today. At the end of the day, I would finish all of the yellow highlighted items, but none of the other ones.

It is only when I stopped prioritizing my tasks did I actually begin to do more. In fact, sometimes, I would leave the things that I absolutely had to do until after I finished the things that I should probably do. Although I do not recommend this technique to people who are prone to fall asleep or just not finish whatever it is they need to do, this approach showed me that I could really fit everything in that I wanted to do with everything that I had to do if I just made the time for it. Turns out, before when I still prioritized my items, I finished all of the absolutely-must-do items and then just stopped being productive afterward.

Thus, I’ve become much more productive and much less of a procrastinator. I urge you to try and take advantage of your time too. Really, Do It Now!


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