Survive Law School: Stop Procrastinating

Low tideWe are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late.

Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked, and dejected with a lost opportunity. The tide in the affairs of men does not remain at flood – it ebbs.

We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is adamant to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words, “Too late.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Beyond Vietnam – A Time to Break Silence
New York City, April 4, 1967

The Fierce Urgency of Now

What else is there to say on the subject of procrastination? Let’s just grab a Post-it note and put the quote above on the bathroom mirror, no? Could you really wake up every day and read that while brushing your teeth, and not want to go out and get things done?

But I do have a few more observations on the matter, just in case the inspiration wears off.

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