Dominoes, Procrastination, and Cascading Consequences

When we ignore the small things, they cascade into bigger things. When you delay a small task that might take a few minutes by a day, it can turn into a series of small tasks that get delayed by a week. That can then turn into a project gets delayed by many weeks or months.

There are many opportunity costs of this cascading effect. We lose time that could have been spent on other pursuits. We lose momentum. We risk higher and more significant losses. Snowballs turn into avalanches. Avalanches turn into disasters

Consider the check engine light on your car. When it comes on, you know something is wrong. But if you ignore it every week for many weeks in a row, a hundred dollar repair becomes a thousand dollar repair.

Another example might be your health. If you ignore something minor, it becomes something significant. You overlook a symptom of discomfort which then turns into a heart attack.

If a revenue-generating project like a book or a new app doesn't ship on time, the opportunity cost is the revenue that would have been generated in the months or two that it wasn't available.

Consider the opportunity costs of all the small things you do. Otherwise, they'll cascade into more significant problems and bigger losses.

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