Just Do It!

Red wine and the Lower Manhattan sunset provided a beautiful setting for me and Alan to enjoy the spring evening. Just as we left the restaurant, Alan mentioned that May’s brother, Ian, was staying with them and wanted to take a blueberry cheesecake home for him. So, we headed to the nearby patisserie.

As we walked, Alan shared his concerns about Ian. “Bob, Ian’s performance has been slipping. With his finals coming up, his mother thinks we can guide him better. May and I are worried. He leaves everything until the last moment, procrastinates a lot and doesn’t seem serious about anything at all. How can I help him?” he confided.

I listened carefully, understanding the weight of Alan’s worries. Stopping in front of the patisserie, I placed a comforting hand on Alan’s shoulder. “Alan, I understand your concerns. Maybe Ian just needs our support right now. Young adults can feel lost. Remember our uncertainties in our 20s? I suggest you have a heart-to-heart conversation with Ian about his goals and time management. Here are some ways to help him avoid wasting time:

Set clear goals: Encourage Ian to define his short-term and long-term objectives. Having clear targets helps prioritize tasks and channel efforts towards what truly matters.

Limit distractions: Urge Ian to identify and reduce time spent on distractions like social media, unnecessary calls, or TV shows, especially during productive hours.

Practice time management: Encourage Ian to create a daily or weekly schedule outlining his tasks and commitments. Techniques like the Pomodoro Technique or the Eisenhower Matrix can be helpful.

Take breaks mindfully: Guide Ian to take breaks purposefully, using them to recharge rather than procrastinate. Well-planned breaks can boost productivity and prevent burnout.

Do the hard tasks first: Advise Ian to tackle the most challenging tasks early in the day when his energy and focus are at their peak. Addressing tough tasks first can ward off procrastination and set a positive tone for the day.

Write it down: Encourage Ian to maintain a to-do list or planner to track tasks and deadlines. Writing down goals and commitments helps him stay organized, prioritize effectively, and ensures nothing slips through the cracks.

Alan nodded thoughtfully and said, “You’re right, I’ll talk to him. Thank you, Bob!” We stepped inside. The aroma of freshly baked pastries enveloped us, and we decided to indulge in some.

If you or someone you know struggles to get things done, remember that every minute is a chance to do something significant. Keep your goals in focus and keep pushing forward. Each breath is a moment that won’t return, so make it count. Starting might seem tough, but not starting only makes it tougher. So start now, even before you feel you’re ready for the day!


About Editor Bob

Bob is the Editor of the free weekly newsletter of world’s leading online greetings site, 123Greetings.com.He is a friend, philosopher and guide. He loves to observe people, cultures and life closely. Romantic at his heart he is an avid reader and traveler. He is popular as an encyclopedia of global events. He shares ways to make each day a celebration. He loves to share new perspectives on life’s seamless challenges. His newsletter is packed with ways and means to enhance the quality of your life and turn it into a celebration. He believes in affinity and works towards adding value to you and your relationships.

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