Don't put things off till tomorrow

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 19 May, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 May, 2010, 12:00am

I am writing in response to the letter 'Tomorrow, the future of today' (Young Post, March 24). We always say we have a lot of time and we put things off till tomorrow. But that's just an excuse. I like the Spanish proverb which says, 'Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week'.

'Doing it tomorrow' is simply procrastinating. We always tell ourselves, 'I'll do my homework tomorrow', yet when tomorrow comes, we don't do it. The proverb puts me to shame.

This letter also said that we must think twice before making decisions. If we make the wrong decisions today, we will suffer tomorrow. It will come back to haunt us. For example, yesterday I bought some new clothes without carefully thinking about it. Today I regret having bought them. So I have wasted money on something I don't really need.

If we are better organised mentally, we will be better organised in life.

Aki Wong, Shek Lei Catholic Secondary School

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Aki. Procrastination is one of the easiest bad habits to pick up. Putting things off for another day is so much easier than just dealing with them when they arise.

But unfortunately this sort of behaviour can be dangerous as we get older. For example, if we don't pay bills when we receive them, we will be charged more money as punishment. Or if we don't see the doctor when we suspect something may be wrong with us, we can become even more unwell.

While not everyone can be super efficient in every aspect of their lives, it is a good idea to try to train yourself out of procrastination - at least when there's a serious matter at hand. If you practise getting things done as soon as you can, you will find you're a lot less stressed, and much happier.

Karly, Deputy Editor