About a month ago, I resurrected Nagios to monitor my Comcast connection and this web server. I quickly downloaded the RPMs, updated the minimal.conf, fired it up, and verified that it was running.
Over the last month, Iâ€™ve been getting alerted every hour that the localhost box is down. I knew that canâ€™t be right, so I chalked it up to a mis-configuration, deleted the pages, and made a mental note to look at it when I have time. Iâ€™ve been pretty swamped at work and home, so I havenâ€™t had time. Finally today, I took the time to figure out what was wrong.
It took me about 20 minutes to figure out that I had forgotten the nagios plugins ( a novice mistake), and get them downloaded and installed. Now, for over a month, Iâ€™ve been living with 24 pages a day â€“ totally harassed by my own laziness. It didnâ€™t have to be that way, but because I thought I knew what the problem was, I allowed myself to be fooled into postponing the fix.
So whatâ€™s my point? My point is that it often appears easier to procrastinate even just looking at a problem, but it very rarely works out that way. I remember an epiphany that I had while I was running a small franchise a few years ago. I was updating a process to save time, but I was having trouble getting it implemented. There was always an excuse, and I remember thinking, â€œA year from now, you wonâ€™t lament that it didnâ€™t take long enough to get this done.â€
That pretty much sums it up. Whether youâ€™re in sales, marketing, software, whatever, there IS something out there that youâ€™re afraid of. Step up and get it started â€“ because when itâ€™s done you never wish that you had waited longer to get started. Good Luck!