Eliminate Procrastination

The essence of procrastination is very well reflected in this quote by Bernard Meltzer: "

Hard work is often the easy work you did not do at the proper time."

Do you find that you tend to put things off that seem hard or perhaps you don’t like to do?  Are you telling yourself that you’ll complete a task when you are in a better mode or not so tired?  Do you constantly say, “I’m just too busy, and don’t have the time.”  Do you find yourself always waiting until a deadline or meeting a goal means a crisis or puts in a panic mode?

If you often find yourself in these low productivity situations you have most likely created a habit of procrastination.  You have a choice to make.  You can make a change in how you conduct business and break this habit.  As a result you will see a change in productivity, peace of mind, better time management, and better results in what you do.

A basic definition of procrastination is putting off the things that you should be doing now. This happens with all of us time after time.  However, better planning, goals, and calendaring can help to resolve the procrastination cycle you are in.

Yet, what makes a big difference for your success is your ability to recognize procrastination reasons and expressions in their different forms, and to promptly take them under control, before this bad habit steals your opportunities, damages your career and pride, or destroys your relationships.

What are typical reasons for procrastinate? Here are a few of the most common situations to consider.

It can be as simple as:

  • Waiting for the right mood
  • Waiting for the right time
  • Wait until I’m not so tired
  • I’m not sure I know how
  • I might fail

Then look at the way you organize your work. You may notice other reasons for procrastination like:

  • Lack of clear goals-Both long term and short term
  • Not calendaring daily work and activities
  • Not prioritizing what is the most important task to complete on any day
  • Underestimating the difficulty of the tasks
  • Underestimating the time required to complete the tasks
  • Feeling as the tasks are imposed on you from outside
  • Too ambiguous tasks

And there are also many connections with

  • Lack of commitment
  • Fear of failure or fear of success
  • Perfectionism

 

Once you make a decision to get out of the debilitating cycle of procrastination and take the right steps to do so, you will see that your productivity increases and you start getting the results you are looking for.  You will also find more time in your life!

Steps to take:

  1. Decide what your goals are and what it will take to achieve those goals
  2. Create a monthly, weekly, and daily job schedule for yourself.  Know what you have to do each day to reach the desired results each week that you need. 
  3. Create a calendar.  Book your time for family, work, and other priorities.  Now stick to it.
  4. Review your activities each day to make sure you are on track and not falling behind.  Adjust your daily calendar as needed to make sure you stay on track to accomplish your goals by the end of week and then by the end of the month.  Remember that if you are falling behind day after day in completing what you need to do to meet your weeks goals it becomes harder and harder to catch up.  That’s when the stress hits and you start making excuses. 

 

Good luck in reaching your goals.  Remember you are in control and can truly take the action that will make the difference.

  

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Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

The Bible