The holidays are approaching. You are itching to spend an idle-hour, feet propped up on a table, engrossed in a lovely book. I hear you thinking, “No self-improvement books or performance guru talk, please. We’ll do that next year!”
Alas, there’s much work to do. There are year-end appraisals to fill in, spreadsheets to compute, and reports to file.
I am here to give you some happy advice. And from fun folks. So you can relax!
Jerome K Jerome, in his charming book “Idle thoughts of an Idle fellow” tells us idling is only fun when we have work to do!
It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do. There is no fun in doing nothing when you have nothing to do. Wasting time is merely an occupation then, and a most exhausting one. Idleness, like kisses, to be sweet must be stolen.
That’s comforting. But we have so many To-Do items on our plate! Here’s where Mark Twain’s wicked advice will help.
Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.
But won’t it be scary having a deadline and not even attempting to meet it?
Well, we have Douglas Adams to guide us.
I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.
Happy holidays everybody. And have a good time.