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He who is too busy doing good finds no time to be good.
-- Rabindranath Tagore
 

 

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Best time to start

The way to make the work less difficult is to start getting it done. The way to make the long journey shorter is to take the first step.

Sure, you could procrastinate, or complain about what you must do, or wish for it not to be so hard. But those things accomplish precisely zero, and will waste your time in the process.

Instead, spend that time producing an actual benefit. The more work you do, the more of the work you’ll have behind you.

Measure the level of difficulty not just in the current moment but over the entire life of the effort. Almost without exception, when you look at it that way you’ll find that the sooner you start, the easier it will be.

Five minutes from now you can be closer to having the work finished. Keep working on it and before long you’ll have it done.

That’s an opportunity too good to pass up. The best time to start is now, so make right now the time you start.

— Ralph Marston

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