There’s a common practice in society and at many businesses as well. It’s called “iwuzjusgonna.”
Iwuzjusgonna takes place when a person is asked about the status of a task that is pending, and he or she answers “I was just going to do that.”
When people say, “iwuzjusgonna”, in most cases they truly ARE planning to accomplish that project or task just then … along with a few dozen other things that they had thoughts of accomplishing just then. But since nobody can complete more than one item at a time, something had to get pushed to the back burner. The task that was the subject in question was one of many “iwuzjusgonnas” that were somewhere on the plate.
The root causes of this malady are disorganization and a bit of procrastination. People who are intentional about working within a system and doing things now rather than putting them off have far fewer instances of saying “I was just going to do that.” It’s probably not possible to eliminate those words altogether, but with a few habit changes, they can be minimized substantially.
That’s all the time I have on this topic. The To Do List beckons, filled with stuff I need to handle … before someone asks about it.
The above is used by permission from the book Three Years Of Tuesday Mornings: 156 e-mails about business and life by Steve Fales.