People often wait until the last minute to complete a task, using the rationale that they were too busy to get the job done sooner. I think this is faulty logic.

Waiting until the last minute often requires more time – in part, because it makes it difficult for others to help you.

For example:

>If the content isn’t finalized, no one can help you develop the presentation or make copies.

>If the menu isn’t planned, someone else can’t get the groceries for you.

>If the vacation flight isn’t booked, others can’t reserve the car or line up the dog sitter.

>If your idea is still being changed up until the presentation, you are unable to brainstorm with others or get input.

>If you wait to write your grant right before it is due, you’re on your own to proof it, too.

>If you shop for a gift on the way to the party, you also need to buy a gift bag and tissue instead of having someone else wrap it at home.

And on it could go.

Investing in planning that allows you to delegate, share and receive feedback ultimately will pay you back with not only an improved outcome but one that requires less of you at the last minute. Time spent on the front end is exponentially more valuable than cramming on the back end.

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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