by Shep Hyken, CSP
Author & Professional Speaker
Shepard Presentations, LLC
Dr. Seuss once wrote: ďHow did it get so late so soon? December is here before itís June. Itís night before itís afternoon. My goodness, how that time has flewn.Ē
I interpret Dr. Seussís words two ways.
Interpretation number one: Ever find yourself missing a deadline? Ever just simply put things
off until later, which ends up being too late? We have all fallen victim to procrastination.
Sometimes it just happens. Other times it is planned Ė although it may be planned
My feeling is that I hate to be late. I hate missing deadlines. And, even though I work well
under pressure, I hate the stress I put myself under for not starting whatever it is that Iím
working on sooner. While I donít want this to be an article on time management, there are
few things Iíve learned that help me stay on track at the office. Itís about stuff and things.
First, I write stuff down. I use the term stuff to describe the little things that are important and must be done. I have a small stack of papers on my desk with my ďto-doĒ list on top. It is that simple. Since Iíve done that, a lot of stuff gets done.
Second, I write down the really important things. I use the word things to describe bigger
projects. I try to limit myself to three or four big things each week, which is very
manageable. At the end of the week I write down the things that need to be done next week.
It is on the same list of my stuff, so I see these things every day Ė throughout the day.
Also, at the end of the week I write down what the things accomplished during the week.
Looking at my list Iíve seen some of the stuff disappear and some pretty important things completed.
Noting what Iíve done is as important, if not even more important, than writing down what Iím supposed to do. I feel a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment for the week. This is a
simple system that works for me.
Interpretation number two: On a much broader and maybe even more important level, maybe
Dr. Seuss means that we shouldnít put off what we keep saying we want to do.
It might be taking that family vacation, visiting a relative, calling a friend you havenít talked to in a while, doing something with your kid(s), making amends with a parent or close friend, etc. Itís about the important stuff. Donít put off the things you keep saying or thinking you want to do. Before you know it, it may be too late!
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