Sunday, November 14, 2010

Cure for laziness

I'm taking a construction scheduling class right now. It's kind of interesting, but mostly I wish I didn't have to take it. My professor is really into Stephan Covey's 7 Habits book, and he quotes it almost every lecture. He is always cautioning us to do our projects early so that we "stay out of Quadrant One and stay in Quadrant Two."

(After reading this over my shoulder, Katie said, "It sounds like he's a space cadet.")

He is really into motivating us to keep up on our work so that we don't procrastinate doing our assignments. He told us that in the workforce, construction schedulers may have the tendency to wait until the end of the month to update the schedule. By then, the updates may be so outdated that they're basically useless. It's hard to do it weekly because some guys are so lazy and they think they'll do it at the end of the month.

His solution for laziness? Update the schedule daily.

If you think about it, it kind of makes sense. If you do it daily, it takes about 4 to 5 minutes, and it's not a special activity that you have to remember to do once a week or once a month. Also, your schedule is a whole lot more accurate.

You can apply this to real life too. The things that we put off until some other day just pile up until it becomes to overwhelming to do a decent job. Like washing the dishes. If you wash the dishes after each meal, it becomes super easy. If you wait until the end of the week to do all the dishes, it's horrible. Not a sermon, just a thought.

The End.

This picture has nothing to do with what I just wrote. I was going to draw a picture of a schedule or something, but I thought that would be too boring.


David x- said...

Man, I'm pretty bad when it comes to procrastinating. Also, I like the mane on the unicorn. Very nice.

Kathy Haynie said...

I am way impressed with that unicorn. Now I need to think about what I ought to be doing daily.

Lisa Lou said...

procrastination is the worst. And that is why I feel so crabby right now, because i'm procrastinating going to bed...