zen habits: The Power of Delay
Posted: 24 Nov 2014 12:55 PM PST
‘The greatest remedy for anger is delay.’ ~Thomas Paine
By Leo BabautaI once had a boss who had a favorite strategy for dealing with donations-seekers, demanding colleagues, and basically anyone who wanted anything from him he was reluctant to give.
For example, lots of people would come to our office seeking handouts, and he didn’t believe handouts were helpful. So he would tell me, “Just delay.” And I would have to do it for him, asking people to come back tomorrow, or try next week, and so on. While my preference was just to tell them a straightforward “No”, I have to admit that the delay worked. Most people would just go away and not come back.
I’ve found this strategy works really well with habits you’re try to break. Delay.