Why last minute can be the right minute


I’m doing this blog post at what many people would describe in frustration as ‘the last minute’. I’m using the last possible moment available to get it finished.

Is it because I am lazy? No. Unmotivated? No. Super-duper busy. Yep.

I actually purposely left it till the eleventh hour – I needed the rest of the week to tackle other tasks for my business m.a.d.woman that (genuinely) needed finishing earlier.

I’m one of those people who is busy jamming several lifetimes into one. I’m always cramming in one more activity, meeting one more deadline and choosing ‘both thanks’, not either – although I try not to where cake is concerned.

The characteristics of my family members (on both sides) have convinced me this is something beyond my control. It’s part of my genetic imprint.

“You can sleep in your next life,” my 76-year-old globetrotting father always says.

There’s that saying, some people make things happen, some people watch things happen and some people wonder what happened.

When you live firmly into a life of making things happen, it means you are very often using every minute available to you to fit everything in to your life.

So rather than beat myself up about doing this at the last minute, I’d rather look at it from the perspective that I am doing it at the ‘right’ minute. It’s not quite due, so no matter how late I started, I’m still on time.

Are you someone who gets things done early, late or just in time?

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  • Hi, Melina. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one flat out! https://www.myob.com/au/blog/no-room-at-the-inn/

    Because I’m an obsessive-compulsive perfectionist (I fear a single typo will ruin my day/life/reputation/client) I proof things many times. The more rushed I am, the harder this process becomes and the more stressed I feel. It’s a positive feedback loop for sure.

    To avoid this angst (and to best serve clients who’ve entrusted me with current projects) I’ve been deferring or even knocking back new work until my decks are clear. I now realise this is dangerous to my future viability, and I must become more flexible.

    It’s a tricky balance alright. But it sounds like you have a native talent for it. I’m jealous! Best regards, P. :)

    • Hi Paul

      I’m lucky that I started my career as a daily news journalist for a paper which left me with very little option other than to get things done quickly!

      I’ve found that if you wait till the decks clear, they never actually seem to! My answer lately has been to seek help from other experts to get through things.

      I’m picking there will be very few people who will be quiet at this time of year. Here’s to a great 2012 and whatever deadlines it may bring!

      Melina :)

      • Ah, NOW it all makes sense! :)

        That’s jolly good advice. Catch you on the flip side! :)

  • GLAD IM NOT THE ONLY ONE! I always complete projects in time, but some things are last minute things because yes, Im a busy bumble bee… hear me hummmm.

    Im from a family of “do-ers”, we get things done, we get EVERYTHING done ourselves. Delegation – what’s that?

    Quote from my father “If you’re doing nothing you’re doing something wrong”
    Yes. That would be my inbuilt insanity.

    Great post – happy 2012!

    • Hi Leah

      Thanks for taking the time to comment and for your lovely compliment :) I used to try to do everything myself but realised that I got better results if I got help. Even if things are exactly like you might want them, sometimes there is enough of a basis for you to weave your own magic over it before completion.

      One of my hardest lessons has been in learning to say no to things that aren’t leading me in the direction I want to be going. The good thing is that it can open up space for some great opportunities! Look forward to hearing how 2012 goes for you!


  • Hey, Melina! Thanks for the inspiration! https://www.myob.com/au/blog/late-call/ 😛