Why should we focus on worst practices? An article by Umair Hague says to start with the worst practices and take tiny steps or giant leaps towards bettering them. He's talking to executives when he says these 4 steps will illuminate how bad things are: 1. ask your critics 2. spend a day in the trenches 3. examine your past 4. diet on your own dogfood Good advice for all of us except the dogfood thing. Dezi would not be happy about sharing her 'dog's breakfast'.
What about Timethoughts.com - this is a site full of ideas for personal and career success - its name is focused on time management - I would call that efficiency and effectiveness - I wonder how much it addresses the quality side - heart and soul.
Let's head to Huffingtonpost.com - it gets down to specifics and has 10 bad habits you must eliminate from your daily routine - this comes from Dr. Travis Bradberry who wrote the Emotional Intelligence book:
1. using your phone, tablet, computer in bed 2. impulsively surfing the internet 3. checking your phone during a conversation 4. using multiple notifications 5. saying yes when you should say no 6. thinking about toxic people 7. multitasking during meetings 8. gossiping 9. waiting to act until you know you'll succeed 10. comparing yourself to other people.
The # 9 item is procrastination. This is the single most popular worst practice in the search on images. Lots and lots of images about procrastination.
So let's ask the wise ones about this - there are words on procrastination from most of them:
“In delay there lies no plenty.” – William Shakespeare
“How soon not now, becomes never.” – Martin Luther
“My advice is to never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.”- Charles Dickens
You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” – Abraham Lincoln