April 28, 2012


parking meterIt's tempting to wait until the last minute.

Consider filing your taxes. Here the deadline is real. You face penalties if you're late. There's media attention. You know what you have to do, even if you'd rather not. Help is available whether you want to Do-It-Yourself or pay someone do it for you.

Silent Deadlines

Most deadlines aren't well known. You may not face an immediate penalty for missing them. The onus is on you to be proactive.

Think of farming. You can't plant crops five minutes before dinner. Even pizza delivery takes longer. Since you know you must eat, you know you need to prepare in advance.

Think of saving for retirement. The magic of compound interest takes time. Delaying is very expensive. Since no one is forcing you to save, it's easy to delay,  save less or both. The pain comes later. You might not be able to save if become disabled and are unable to work. Or if you don't take steps to remain employable.

Think of health. Our bodies are accommodating ... until they're not. We can't go back in time to exercise more, eat better or drink less.

Health insurance and life insurance purchases have silent deadlines. When you are likely to claim, coverage may not be affordable or available.

The Easy Solution

There isn't one. The important but non-urgent things are easy to delay when the unimportant but urgent beckon.

A Bucket List is a place to itemize what you want to do before you die and then start doing them. The list often contains exciting goals like travel.

Balk-it List

A Balk-it List is different. Here you jot down the things you don't want to do but need to do someday.

Here’s how. Set a timer for 15 minutes and start writing. Feel free to continue if the ideas are still poring out of you. Pen and a small paper notebook work well. You can add more items later simply and quickly. You may prefer your smartphone or tablet.

Next, organize your list by priority and timeframe. Electronic tools might help here (e.g., Remember The Milk or Toodledo). Finally, work on reducing your list. This is a situation where the Pick Four 12-week goals program may be just what you need.

Stop Balking

We don't know when our last minute will expire or our state at that time. We know where we are now. Are you where you want to be?


Podcast 166

direct download | Internet Archive page | iTunes

PS You could add your Balk-it List to your Bucket List

No comments: