Thou Shalt Not Procrastinate

The goal of procrastination,
Is to put off until tomorrow,
What you can do today.

The odds say: tomorrow will come anyway,
And then you’re faced with the same dilemma,
To do your duty or delay.

Procrastination wishes there was no tomorrow,
That way you wouldn’t have to do,
Anything at all.

But you better stop living in denial,
Before your superior brain discovers,
How to end it all.

Spanish Translation

El objetivo de la procrastinación,
Es posponer ‘hasta mañana,
Lo que se puede hacer hoy.

Las probabilidades dicen que mañana vendrá,
Y entonces te enfrentarás al mismo dilema,
Para cumplir con tu deber o demora de nuevo.

La dilación desea que no hubiera un mañana,
De esa manera,
No tendrías que hacer nada.

Pero mejor deja de posponerlo,
Antes de que tu cerebro avanzado se dé cuenta,
Cómo acabar con todo.

Por: ElRoyPoet © 2020

“The problem is our brains are programmed to procrastinate. In general, we all tend to struggle with tasks that promise future upside in return for efforts we take now. That’s because it’s easier for our brains to process concrete rather than abstract things, and the immediate hassle is very tangible compared with those unknowable, uncertain future benefits. So the short-term effort easily dominates the long-term upside in our minds—an example of something that behavioral scientists call present bias. […] Confront the downside of inaction. Research has found that we’re strangely averse to properly evaluating the status quo. While we might weigh the pros and cons of doing something new, we far less often consider the pros and cons of not doing that thing. Known as omission bias, this often leads us to ignore some obvious benefits of getting stuff done.” Excerpt from How to Beat Procrastination

“And now, as I have told you before, as you have had so many witnesses, therefore I ask you not to postpone the day of your repentance to the end; because after this day of life, which is given to us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we don’t improve our time while we’re in this life, then comes the night of darkness in which no work can be done.
You can’t say, when you are led to that terrible crisis, that I’ll repent, that I’ll return to my God. No, you can’t say this; for that same spirit that your body possesses the moment you leave this life, that same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world.” Book of Mormon, Alma 34:33-34

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