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Fri Nov 15, 2013, 10:15 PM

13. Mañana Habit

Mañana Habit - "Mamaya na lang"
Filipino Culture, Getting Things Done, Time Management

The Mañana Habit is something that we have learned from the Spaniards. The word "Mañana" means ‘tomorrow’ or ‘specified future time’ also known as “procrastination” in plain English, “mamaya na” in Filipino.

How it Works:

You need to do something now.
But then you decide to do it later.
As a result of the delay, you end up not doing it.
Now, you tell yourself or somebody that you will do it tomorrow.
Tomorrow comes. The same cycle happens.

A habit is a pattern of behavior that is acquired through frequent repetition. No amount of planning or preparation can change this. The only way to change a habit is to replace it with another habit.

My father taught me these words when I was still young:

"Do it now"…"Don’t wait till tomorrow".

At that time, I didn’t see the value of that advice. It was too pushy or overbearing to hear. But then, later on I realized that it was a valuable habit that he was teaching me.

Three Important Words to Remember – Do. It. Now...

/...http://www.productivepinoy.com/2009/01/maana-habit-and-nike.html


Now, when you really need to get something done you need to get it done sooner rather than later, usually. But what about all those times when you later realise you didn't need to do or really shouldn't have done what you did, and when, if you'd left it 'tilll tomorrow, you'd have realised that, or an even better opportunity to do something useful would have come along?

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