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Today’s Bite is going to be more than special. For so many days of our lives, we procrastinate some really important things that actually should be put first on our to-do list but:
- Meh, it’s boring!
- Come on, it’s Friday or…
- Doing that on the weekend? Are you serious?
- I’m tired / I feel lazy
- I deserve to do what I want
Yeah I know… Important things are usually kind of boring and yeah, you do deserve to do whatever and whenever you want, it’s your life, you’re the boss but, don’t complain or get sad, frustrated… if the outcome of your efforts (or lack of efforts) is not the way you expected. And I’m saying that very kindly and respectfully to all of you and at the same time, I’m also telling all these things to myself as well.
I really wanna share some tips and thoughts about procrastination but that’s not gonna happen today. What I would like now, is to warn you of the importance of your priorities and even if the laziness show up, you gotta send it away and focus on what is important to you.
Let me share a very famous and interesting story about it: it’s called “The Ant and the Grasshopper”
One summer’s day, in a field, a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart’s content. An ant passed by, bearing along with great effort an ear of corn he was taking to his nest.
“Why don’t you come and chat with me,” asked the Grasshopper, “instead of toiling your life away?”
“I am helping to store up food for the winter,” said the Ant, “and I recommend you do the same.”
“Why bother about winter?” said the Grasshopper. “We have got plenty of food right now.”
But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil.
When winter came, the Grasshopper found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants distributing, every day, corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer.
Then the Grasshopper thought… WORK TODAY AND YOU CAN REAP THE BENEFITS TOMORROW!
Are you an ant or a grasshopper? In other words, do you tend to finish all your work, and then relax, or do you relax first and procrastinate about work? Well, most of us in fact, are somewhere in between. However, different types of personalities behave differently, when presented with a situation where there is an option of working and saving for future and leading a carefree life.
But just be careful. I’m not telling you guys to stop doing what you like, your pleasant moments, your relaxing situations with friends and family to work, work and work. And actually, I’d say it is a sad fact that some people take the ‘work before play’ concept too far and get stressed out eventually. It must be for those that the saying ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’ was invented!
Many studies show that workaholics suffer from mental and physical illnesses so guys, I don’t want you to be like that. Work hard, play hard and rest hard. The key is therefore, to strike a balance between work and play.
Work well and save for a rainy day. However, remember to take breaks and rest in between. It’s all about quality of life and finding a happy balance between work and friends and family.
The Ant in the story is a classic example of the importance of taking preparation seriously. Instead of using a beautiful summer day to play, he was looking forward to a winter day when he wouldn’t have access to the food that was available during the summer. By working instead of playing like the Grasshopper, he was putting thought and diligence into preparing for hard times ahead. The Ant was ‘toiling,’ which means he was working really hard at his task. The Grasshopper, on the other hand, was merely chirping, singing, and lazing about. He had no regard for the future or what he might need to do to prepare for it.
So you may not be thinking about retirement right now, but there’s a good lesson to be learned in this story about ‘saving for a rainy day,’ even though it’s not ‘raining’ in your life right now. Think about it: you’re likely young and have your entire life ahead of you, but one day, you’re going to be unable to work and will need to have some things put back to live on. Without saving for ‘winter’ while you’re still able, you’ll get to that point in your life and be unprepared.
Do you know anyone who procrastinates and puts off work in favor of doing things that are more fun? Maybe you have a big project due at work, but instead of focusing on it, you decide to take a day off. Then, when the project comes due, you’re not really prepared or feeling your most confident. ‘The Ant and the Grasshopper’ teaches us about putting work before play because it’s more important to do the things you need to before doing the things you want to.
So again guys, are you the Ant or the Grasshopper? Think about it ok?
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