Genetics, time and execution.

February 5, 2008

I managed to thoroughly annoy myself recently.

I have a horrible tendency to leave things to the last minute, as most of you who know me will concur. This has several major downsides:

  • it means that I exist mostly in a state of mild panic (this does however seem to work quite well for me đŸ™‚ )
  • it annoys my wife immensely as she prefers to panic up-front and everything needs to be done yesterday
  • I occasionally miss “stuff” – and this is what happened recently – and this annoys me as it makes me feel as though I have failed, which is, of course, the case. I hate that!

On the upside lastminute-itis:

  • means that you have to practice being patient, which is very useful for dealing with many things that life throws at you
  • forces you to learn to make decisions quickly and effectively; frankly the ability to execute (as it is know in management speak) is worth way more than it’s weight in gold, platinum, or even Inkjet Printer Ink

As far as patience goes… I’m convinced that it is a recessive genetic trait.

It seems that is possible to learn to be a little bit more patient than you are by default, but fundamentally you either have it or you don’t!
Why recessive? Is it just me (turning into a grumpy old man), or has the whole world become fundamentally *LESS* patient than it used to be? Which would seem to me to indicate a recessive genetic trait. But what would I know about genetics… it’s not my area of expertise…



One Response to “Genetics, time and execution.”

  1. Jonny E Says:

    You didn’t say what actually annoyed you recently. I’d also agree it is possible to be more patient than by default, but if that patience isn’t rewarded the subsequent frustration/annoyance is also increased. I’m not sure if this is a proportional relationship though. I have a distinct feeling it would be an exponential curve.

    You also missed out an advantage of being a Mr Last-Minute. Sometimes, it turns out that whatever you think, or in reality what someone else thinks, needs to be done right this minute (as opposed to some arbitrary future date) turns out not needing to be done after all. Some other, sometimes unrelated, event gets in the way thus meaning your action is no longer required. This, for me, is the main reason to be a Mr Last-Minute. I also suspect men are more prone to suffer lastminute-itis than women.

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