Instead of getting around to this or that at once, often a task gets allocated to the time slot known as ‘the proverbial later‘. Covering a multitude of moments – lasting from a few minutes to sometime never – the proverbial later has the power to move us towards our goals, or keep us where we are.
Why the proverbial later gets called upon so frequently reflects more about how we view the job in question, as opposed to the soundness or otherwise of our time management. Putting anything off until the proverbial later of course frees us from having to face the matter right now.
In certain cases we may actually discover in the space between now and the proverbial later the item has ceased to be an issue requiring our attention. Though this is not always so, possibly it occurs enough times to lead us into thinking it will always be so.
Another potential benefit, or setback depending on the perspective we employ as we consider it, is how activities and actions habitually rise up or fall down our To do list irrespective of how we feel towards them.
When operating with others on various projects this ‘fact’ can be noted frequently. Is it the resistance we demonstrate or the willpower of others, that moves things from the proverbial later slot, to one with greater or lesser importance?
But how do you manage your time and particularly your priorities? If you’d like to share your thoughts, please feel free to leave a comment below. It will be read immediately, rather than be assigned to the proverbial later file.
Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, CTI-trained co-active coach and freelance trainer, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.
As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.
Performance skills at work (2015), Personal performance potential at work (2014), Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).