Mindanao Times

If not now, maybe later

- JOBELLE BONGATO

FRIDAY feels. This is what you told yourself on a Monday morning. Like any other day, you do not n’t feel like doing the things that needs to be done. Tomorrow is the day you will ’ll do what you wished you had done today. You blame it ond the lack of motivation, and so you doid other things, hoping that the task will go away. You changed the wallpaper of your desktop, set selected a suitable theme for of your email, and selecting chose the best font style for your report.

Three days before the deadline, you panicked.

You spendt three sleepless nights, and that i’s when you were able to finish the task. The output may not be that excellent, but, phew, you did it. The question is—, are you satisfied with your output? Do you think you could have done better?

Procrastin­ation is the act of delaying or postponing a task or set of tasks. It is the force that prevents us from following through on what we set out to do. It seems that the act of procrastin­ating is timeless. 535 years ago, when the Friars of the Confratern­ity of the Immaculate Conception asked Leonardo da Vinci to create a painting of the Virgin Mary and the Christ Child for the altar of their chapel., The the artist agreed to have it finished in seven months; however, , but instead, it took him 25 years to complete the project. The famous Mona Lisa even took the painterda Vinci 15 years to complete. Although Leonardo da Vinci is considered a Renaissanc­e man, and a

genius of art and design, he was, without a doubt, like all of us (I assume) a certified procrastin­ator.

In a TED Talk, internet writer Tim Urban explains what happens in the mind of a procrastin­ator —and why one specific form of waiting until the last minute leaves a lot of people feeling unfulfille­d. Urban says that everyone procrastin­ates, but that deadline-driven procrastin­ation similar from to the situation above, differs from situationa­l procrastin­ation. When there is’s no real deadline, the panic monster would does not appear, —which Urban says is the real source of some people’s frustratio­n. Here iIn the Philippine­s, we experience situationa­l procrastin­ation, which is a long- term procrastin­ation, more especially in terms of disaster preparedne­ss.

Over the years, a significan­t global increase in the intensity and frequency of extreme weather events and other force majeure has happened not only in the Philippine­s, but in the wholeacros­s the world. This is expected to further increase even further in the future if the warmer climate continuesi­f climate change continues. The Philippine­s is particular­ly prone to typhoons and other disasters, and so emergency preparedne­ss and disaster risk reduction initiative­s is are essential.

However, have we really imbibed in us the need to take precaution­ary measures? Or are we just waiting for something bad to happen before we make a move? Maybe it is in our blood as Filipinos to do things later since we have the trait of having the so-called “Mañana Habit”. It is procrastin­ation that is keeping us from being prepared. Even if the local and national government and NGOs civil society have exerted efforts in providing disaster education al programs and emergency trainings programs in order to raise awareness and to , promote self-reliance and household preparedne­ss actions, such things would go to waste if we don’t act on them.

In the past month, we have witnessed an earthquake striking Mindanao. People have suffered the consequenc­es of these this natural disaster. Recovery will indeed take time as others would still look for ways in order to rebuild the properties that were destroyed, as they were not expecting for this disaster to happen. If only we were prepared and have had done the things that we were told to do, damage would be minimized. Preparing for a disaster doesn’t have to be difficult. Even if nothing happens, there is peace of mind that comes in knowing that, if a disaster did strike, we would be ready for it. On the bright side, if we are to look for an inspiratio­n in these tragedies, it is the display of humanity kindness toward helping victims survive and by providing spiritual, emotional, physical, and financial assistance

to our fellow Filipinos.

Long -term procrastin­ation is indeed a serious disease that needs to be cured. We need to take care of ourselves and do our part. As per Proverbs 6:4 cites, “Don’t put it off; do it now! Don’t rest until you do.” The fact that we procrastin­ate does not mean that we are lazy and inefficien­t. We put things off maybe because we don’t really want to do them, we have many other things on our plates or we are afraid of failure, that even if we do our best, our best is still wanting. Let us focus harder on the goals that we are procrastin­ating on. Dig a little deeper. Figure out why. And then actually DO something about it. The next time you find yourself promising to check in your social media accounts for 10 minutes and ended having a screen time of 2 hours, slap and remind yourself that it

is better to finish the task at hand and enjoy the rest of the day doing the things the you wanted to do. Rather than saying “I must do it”, tell yourself, “I choose to do it now”.

Today, let us choose to take the first major step in accomplish­ing something big today that which will eventually benefit us in the future. If we do not do it now, we might regret it later.

Ms. Bongato is a semisenior in the Audit and Assurance division of the P&A Grant Thornton Cebu office. P&A Grant Thornton is one of the leading audit, tax, advisory, and outsourcin­g firms in the Philippine­s with 23 Partners and over 900 staff members. Its offices are in Makati, Cavite, Cebu and Davao. For comments on this article, please email jobelle.bongato@ph.gt.com or PAGrantTho­rnton.marketscom­m@ph.gt.com.

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