by Danny Tariman
“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth. (Prov 27:1)
The Webster defines the word “procrastination” as “putting off to a future time” or “delay”.
We are in the thick of testing a new system that is planned for implementation at the turn of the new year.
The project plan had been laid out; detailed work breakdown had been scheduled.
The testing team was able to finish 3 to 4 modules successfully. In fact, the last of the modules tested was finished ahead of schedule. Because of this, the testing team was “vacant” and had not been testing for almost a day.
I spoke to the project manager about pulling up some scheduled tasks for the next week, so the team can start ahead in as much as they are done with their scheduled task for the day.
However, instead of being met with eagerness, my advice was received with reluctance. He reasoned out that the tasks are yet to be started next week.
I could not let this happen, as project consultant, because the testing process is very unpredictable. I am concerned that the project could be delayed if issues come out during the testing.
I spoke to the project sponsors and reported the situation. Promptly, they called the attention of the project manager, who grudgingly started the testing process on my advice.
Three A’s to learn from this situation:
1. Advance – do not procrastinate;
“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth. (Proverbs 27:1)
The verse says that we cannot tell what the future holds. Since we do not know about tomorrow, we should not procrastinate. Advance the work; do what you can do now. In project management, it is always best to finish tasks ahead to have more buffer time for succeeding tasks in case these meet some problems.
2. Advice – seek it from your “coach”
“Without good direction, people lose their way; the more wise counsel you follow, the better your chances.” (Proverbs 11:14 MSG)
As Christians, we have to seek counsel if and when situations arise. It is always prudent to get advice from experts in order to succeed in our endeavors.
3. Accept orders gladly
“Obey with enthusiasm, as though serving the Lord and not people” (Ephesians 6:7)
The Bible says we have to follow orders from our higher-ups eagerly, with gladness in our heart. Our focus of doing things should be the Lord.
I pray you will be victorious in whatever it is that you are undertaking, right now! In Jesus’ name, Amen!