When Henry Ward Beecher was asked how he could accomplish so much more than others, he replied,
“I don’t do more, but less than other people. They do all their work three times. Once in anticipation, once in actuality, and once in rumination. I do mine in actuality alone, so I end up doing things just once.”
To do something in actuality means to act at the present moment.
I really love this quote and advice. I get amazing results when doing things in actuality rather than having them accumulate on my to-do-list. I know that “later” often means “never” or “too late.”
If you have a tendency to procrastinate, force yourself to do things in actuality. This tip is especially helpful for creative types, visionaries, and entrepreneurs who are easily distracted. Usually the toughest part is getting started. Once you begin, it begins to flow. Overtime, you will get better at tackling tasks on the moment.
My favorite part of getting things done in actuality is that I don’t have to come back to it again. That frees up my leisure time for more “play time”.