Jim was eating his sandwich when the call came in. The alarm bells startled him, and he dropped a dollop of mustard onto his starched white uniform. Bill ran into the locker room and said “Hurry Jim, this is our call!” Jim stopped munching long enough to tell his partner that he would be there when he finished his lunch. He slowly opened a soda and then stuffed a potato chip in his mouth. The ambulance sat in the garage, lights flashing and the motor running until Jim leisurely strolled out and got in the driver’s seat.
Fortunately, this isn’t the way things happen in the world of emergency response. Lucky for us, these men and women are trained to drop everything and jump into action when duty calls. But imagine what would happen if the people we trust with our lives procrastinated the way that we sometimes do, putting off the important things to focus on smaller, more trivial tasks.
You may not have an ambulance to drive or critical emergencies to handle, but the clock is ticking on your hopes, dreams and aspirations, and believe it or not, there are plenty of people waiting for you to jump into action.
Here are 3 simple tricks to help you overcome procrastination and get busy on your dreams.
Be the Ambulance Driver
Approach your work as if lives are on the line. Take on the biggest and most important job first and concentrate on nothing else until that job is completed. Then move on to the next most important, and so on. Sirens are sounding and lights are flashing – it’s time to go.
Eliminate Your Distractions
Once you know what’s most important, close your email, put your phone on silent and shut your door. Tell yourself that what you’re working on is more important…because it is. Someone will reach you if there’s a true emergency.
Get Some Help
No one can do it all alone. You have people who want to help you, and they are waiting for you to ask. Can a co-worker field some of your calls for a short time? Can your partner take the dog to the vet instead of you? After all, you are more than willing to help them at other times. Don’t be too proud to ask for a hand.
Always remember, you were born for greatness, and people are counting on you. Allow nothing to stand between you and your birthright…especially not procrastination.
How will you answer the call today?
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