Certain words and phrases just roll off the tongue.
Easily said, without much thought or consideration of their impact.
‘In a minute’ is one.
It starts with pressured parents doing their best to juggle life with a demanding two-year-old needing immediate gratification.
Relationships stay still because one or both will do that important task for their partner. But… In a minute.
Then there’s self-talk. I should get up and get on. But this bed is too comfy.
I’ll get up… in a minute.
I put the pro in procrastination. If I didn’t use tools to move me forward, I’d always be putting stuff off.
Here’s one I use all the time.
How about replacing the self-talk?
Swap ‘In a minute’ (three little words) for three others.
Do it now.
If you want maximum effect, say them three times.
Do it now. Do it now. DO IT NOW!
What are you putting off?
Come on, do it now.
Please leave your comments below.
Worst three word phrase:
New Improved recipe.
Best two word phrase:
I have done it now! Thanks to you I’ve finished novel, editing and hope to self-publish by Christmas.? Your words are so inspiring. Seized the day!
Many years ago in the early 1980s I worked with a couple of others in the electronic repair workshop for a shop in Norwich that sold TVs, hi-fi and various other electrical goods. One three-word phrase that we grew to hate was that said by the sales people from the shop itself where they’d come up to the workshop (usually with a pair of headphones whose 3.5mm jack plug was hanging on by a threador a walkman type device whose headphone socket was broken) and say “can you just” – usually followed by “solder on a new jack plug” or “solder up this socket” and, often, the sentence would end with “it will only take you a few seconds.” When you were busy fault-finding something complex that required a lot of concentration, being interrupted was the last thing you wanted, so hearing “can you just” was usually enough to earn the speaker of those words a severe verbal thrashing! One particularly obnoxious individual, who never seemed to get the message that such interruptions were really annoying, ended up having a fire extinguisher emptied in his direction one day (not by me, I should add!) when he became too persistent! 🙂
My Nan always used to say ‘Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today!’.. I always try to use it, but it doesn’t always happen! Unless I hear her voice in my head reminding me 😉
As a South Wales person used to Wenglish, when asked to do something the answer is ‘okay, I’ll do it now, in a minute’ – which means I’ll do it asap, or as soon as I’ve finished what I’m already doing!
Candidates for worst three:
It’s our policy
It’s management’s decision
Management approval required…
Totally inspiring! Going to adopt that straight away. Or Prophet said it in last conference, and as said by someon, My Granny always said dont putoff til tommorow what you can do today. Only problem I have is I lose my sleep as I get too keen!! lol. But yes definately doing it now is much better long term.
Totally inspiring! Going to adopt that straight away. Or Prophet said it in last conference, and as said by someone, My Granny always said dont put off til tomorrow what you can do today. Only problem I have is I lose my sleep as I get too keen!! lol. But yes definately doing it now is much better long term.
Oh how I’d love to Do It Now. Been in hospital 8 months with lung aspirations, then I caught covid and then electrolytes imbalance. Just coming to the end and I’ve now got covid again, in here, even worse this time. I’d just started planning for my Musical Audio Novel. Had actors and musicians on standby for a year.
my three words are…
“I know that!” – but the real question is… How good am i at that?
I misunderstood. So when my wife said “in a minute”, I replied with, “do it now, do it now, do it now.”
The sofa is not that comfortable