I don’t know about you but when I see the reminder above I get a bad feeling.

My head is suddenly filled with all those jobs I should have done a while ago but never quite got round to, trying to recall what the garage pointed out needed doing at the last service, what checks I can do myself to avoid a failure on something basic, whether the garage will be able to fit me in before the expiry, whether they will need time to carry out repairs and finally how much all this is going to cost me.

With reluctance and dread I drop off the car and wait anxiously for the garage to call with the outcome. The longer the wait, the greater the dread, and as the day drags on I start to surf the net for new cars, fearing the worst.

Surviving the day with a road worthy vehicle almost comes as a relief.

Do you go through a similar experience when you go for a dental check-up?

Do you go through a similar experience when you go for a healthcheck?

Do you go through a similar experience when your work is about to be audited?

Often we are so busy doing our work or managing our hectic lives that we don’t factor in the time to check and prepare for the regular check-ups. Instead we often leave it to chance and simply hope and pray that ‘they’ don’t find anything (especially that issue we know about but always hoped it would fix itself!) or that if ‘they’ do it won’t be too expensive, traumatic or painful.

Sure, sometimes we come through without any problems, without any issues – excellent – ‘now I can carry on full steam ahead’, until the reminder pops up in a year’s time and we fall into the same cycle, the same trap, the same stress.

If and when issues arise we are more likely to change or improve our approach. ‘It could go at any minute, mate,’ is surely feedback that will stir you into action following the MOT, check-up or audit. Your life is going to get a whole lot worse if you don’t act so typically you react by addressing the issues identified.

Most people would sign up to the principle that ‘prevention is better than cure’ so whether it’s your car, your teeth, your cholesterol level or your work some simple, regular maintenance and housekeeping will go a long way towards minimising the stress and trauma of the regular scrutiny you will be faced with. Better that, than the last minute panic when you are limited in what you can check and put right.

I’m beginning to wish I hadn’t written this article because the MOT on my car isn’t too far away now and much though I love the car, there will come a point where I need to make a decision about changing it. I should also book my next dentist check-up and I promise to book a health-check as soon as I have had chance to get myself fit again………………..

June 9, 2013 at 7:59 pm
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