timingThink of timing as being proactive. The consequences of your actions, or inactions, depends on the timing of those actions, inactions, or choices really. This is true in a lot of scenarios. In this post we will explore different scenarios to drive home the point.

Selling a house is a scenario where timing is important. Spring and summer are the prime times to list a house for sale. Most buyers are looking to buy a house during those two seasons for good reasons. If they have a family, it provides adequate time to enroll the kids in a different school, if need be, so they can start the school year on time. So, the consequence of selling a house at a different time of year, may be that you don’t sell it as quickly.

Decluttering a house that you are going to sell needs to be done prior to listing it. The same goes for making repairs you haven’t gotten around to doing. Those forgotten repairs need to be done before the house is listed, as you want to present your house for sale in its best light, so timing is important.

When you know it’s going to rain, outside activities such as gardening, need to be complete before the rain comes. If you chose to ignore the forecast, the consequence may be that you aren’t able to perform your gardening chores when you need to do them.

Changing your health care insurance provider is another scenario where timing is everything. There is typically an enrollment period when you can do this unless you have special circumstances. If you wait, you’re stuck with your insurance provider for another year, that is the consequence of your inaction.

These are the scenarios I thought of off the top of my head where timing is everything. There are probably many more, so I encourage you to list scenarios you thought of that aren’t listed here in the comments section below that will help others understand the importance of timing.