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A life of ease is a difficult pursuit.
-- William Cowper
 

 

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

From behind to ahead

Are you tired of falling behind? Then take steps to begin falling ahead.

Falling behind happens when you neglect to take care of something that needs to be done. Then another priority comes along and suddenly you’re playing catch up.

All too soon, the problem compounds and you find yourself so far behind it’s difficult to get anything accomplished. Yet you can work yourself out, and work yourself ahead, the same way you fell behind, one task at a time.

Falling ahead happens when you can anticipate what will need to be done, and then you go ahead and take care of it early. That positions you to anticipate the next necessary task, and you can address it early as well.

Before long, you’re so far ahead you no longer are overwhelmed by what needs to be done. You can focus your energy on the valuable, productive and fulfilling activities you choose to do.

Those who get ahead and those who fall behind use just about the same amount of effort, but the difference is timing. Make each effort a little bit earlier than necessary, and that quickly adds up to an enormous positive advantage.

— Ralph Marston

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