"Kal kare so aaj kar,Aaj kare so ab"--> Kabir
This timeless adage is a gem of a statement. The world will solve 80%
of its problems by adopting such an approach. Translated into english,
it reads as, "Do today whatever you would do tomorrow, do now whatever
you intend to do today". This is also one of the most misunderstood
proverbs. People literally translate it and ask questions like "How can
you do something whatever you have to do tomorrow?". Examples are taken
of classes, train journeys and believe it or not, performing ablutions.
Basically what the great man wanted to convey was that procrastination
had to be avoided. Procrastination leads to great trouble. Such a case
happened with me today.
The task that i had been assigned was to develop a program in MATLAB
for one of the classical problems in Power System Dynamics i.e a plot
of the maximum power transmitted vs critical clearing angle. This
requires only a half an hour calculation of equivalent impedances at
the faulted point, folowed by their attachment to the fault point
followed by network reducton to obtain the reactance between the
machine bus and the infinite bus. Later, one has to write a few
statements to incorporate this into a program. Ideally, allowing time
for debugging, this should have taken a maximum of 2 hours.
What actually happened was a gross procrastination. This assignment was
pushed around for a week. The prof finally lost patience today and
ordered that the assignment be solved in the lab and submitted in the
evening. Man, you should have seen how quickly the job was done. Now,
if only i had done it earlier...