Have you been in situations where you knew that you had to do something yet because of certain difficulties connected with it, you kind like avoided doing it? It’s easy to say: “Don’t postpone Today’s work on tomorrow.” Sure you have heard it before. Yet it’s not so easy to follow it.
It’s not about the task itself that frightens you. The related difficulties are the ones that make the whole thing rather unattractive to you.
1. A Broken Toy Car
Few weeks ago my son broke his favourite toy car. He likes the car very much and plays with it a lot. But as he is growing older he is also getting stronger. Some of his movements are already more than the plastic car can handle.
This is why the car broke down.
Needless to say, my son was not particularly happy with the situation. He brought the car to me and asked me to fix it.
I took the car and repaired it. A strong glue and a wire to give the broken pieces some extra strength and that was it. Done.
„Here it is! Go and play.“
Yet as soon as my kid sat in the car, both repaired places fell apart again. I had to find another solution.
My second attempt to fix the car failed too. I had to find yet another way to repair it. Somehow I had to make the pieces stronger. The question was, how? I began to feel frustrated as I had already fixed it twice.
It took me few days to figure it out but finally I found a solution. I was certain this time it would stand against all the pressures from my kid.
The problem was, my third way to fix it was quite time wasting. I had to use strong epoxy glue, which has hardening time over 6 hours. I had to drill, glue, drill again, glue again, etc.
And because of this I did not really wanted to do it.
2. Postponing vs Doing Things
Now my son was sitting on my shoulders asking me when I was going to fix his car. Every time I answered: „Soon“ or „Tomorrow“. I did not want to do that. I had already failed twice and the whole procedure was time wasting.
So the days passed. Couple of times a day my kid came and asked when I was going to repair it. He was sad.
Until one day, an understanding hit me: „If I start fixing it right now…? Still, because of the clue, my son has to wait until tomorrow. The earliest he can use the car is tomorrow afternoon.
“But then… If I had fixed it right when it broke down, which was more than a week ago, he could use it for a week already…!“
Having understood this, I took the broken pieces and fixed them.
Yes, it took me some time and energy to fix them but then it was done. I told my kid that the car was almost done, but he had to wait until the next day.
A day later I gave the car over and since then it has not broken down anymore.
3. Lessons I Learned
This red toy car taught me 2 important lessons:
- Don’t postpone today’s work on tomorrow.
- Live in the 2nd quadrant.
Let me explain.
3.1. Don’t Postpone Today’s Work on Tomorrow.
If there is something you know you have to accomplish, better don’t postpone it. If it is possible, do it as soon as you can. Even if it is uncomfortable, time wasting or something else.
3.1.1. Postponing may become a habit.
And you know how difficult it is to get rid of those bad habits. You learn to avoid uncomfortable situations and not to tackle them. The result is just devastating because as soon as the difficulties are approaching, you rather tend to run away. Not really the way to win hardships.
3.1.2. Nothing happens and there’s NO progress until you pick it up again.
As long as I avoided fixing that car, it did not get repaired. Nothing happened with it. My son and I lost over a week.
Yet as soon as I addressed the issue, yes it took me one day to solve it but after that it was solved. Today I don’t need to worry about it anymore. It’s over. I can do and focus on other things.
3.2. Live in the 2nd Quadrant
Do you know what does it mean to live in the 2nd quadrant? It’s best understood if you draw a graph like this one:
Highly effective people live in the second quadrant.Why?
Because it’s most effective way to live and manage your time.
- They don’t spend time in the 3rd or 4th quadrant as these are unimportant. ‘
- To live in the 1st quadrant means to deal with constant fire fighting. It is stressful. You have to deal with urgent AND important issues. Because they are important, you cannot reject them. Because they are urgent you cannot postpone them.
- In the 2nd quadrant, you deal with things that are important BUT not urgent yet. You have time to solve them without fear of deadlines. This gives you inner peace.
3.2.1. The Negative Impacts of Postponing Things.
While I was reluctant to repair my kid’s toy car, I was willing to build my online campaign. I wanted to improve my blog and write reviews about certain products. Yet I was constantly distracted by my son.
- He wanted to know when I was going to fix his car. Or why I did not want to fix it.
- As he could not use his car, he felt bored and wanted me to play with him.
As a result I couldn’t concentrate. I was not able to focus on my things and it frustrated me.
„Hey! Please don’t disturb me. I have to work.“
I wanted to work and he wanted to play. He could not play and I was not able to work either. Not only that. Also, I had that constant (mostly unconscious) knowing that I had to do it: „I have to fix the car. I have to fix the car…“
Yet after reparing it all these problems were solved:
- I had an inner peace. I did not have the pressure from some unfinished job somewhere on the shelve.
- My kid was happy and that gave me a great deal of satisfaction.
- My kid spent more time playing with his car and I was able to focus on my online stuff.
3.3. How Is It Connected to the Internet Marketing?
It’s pretty much about time management. One thing that even the most successful marketers don’t have enough at hand is time. We all struggle to manage our time.
Also, it is about your inner peace and overall happiness. Or as Steve Maraboli has said:
“Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.”
Do you have this peace and happiness or do you live under constant stress?
So this is what I learned while fixing that toy car. If you have something important to do, better tackle it right away and do it. Don’t postpone it on tomorrow.
And don’t avoid them. While building up your online campaign you have to face many difficulties. Don’t avoid them or try to get around them. As it is said:
“The best way out is always through.” ― Robert Frost
Seemingly small and unimportant problems like fixing a toy car can teach you life lessons if you pay attention. If you follow the tips above you will save both your time and your nerves. You are more efficient and happier too.
How do you tackle important but uncomfortable problems? Let me know. Drop a comment below. I love to hear from you.