“Procrastination is the thief of time”
Procrastination is not a genetic problem; it is in fact simply a habit that develops. Just like many habits, procrastination can be changed. There are several reasons why we procrastinate:
1. FEAR. Fear is a strong reason why we procrastinate. It could be because we think we will fail at a certain task, rejection or looking foolish. We often worry and fear things that will never ever eventuate. So why worry about things twice. In actual fact we probably spend more “time” worrying and procrastinating than it would take to complete the task at hand.
2. AN UNPLEASANT TASK. Yet another reason for putting off completing a task is that it is unpleasant. We then spend an enormous amount of time worrying over the task, in some instances for weeks when to simply complete the task in the first place would have resulted in short term unpleasantness. The fact is life is full of miserable, unpleasant tasks and situations. A friend once told me that he spent 40 years trying to avoid problems and unpleasant situations in his life, until he realised that this is life, handling unpleasant situations along with joyous, humorous and fun situations. Unfortunately absolutely no one has a life devoid of unpleasant situations. The fact is life is difficult at times, accept the fact, that unless you become a hermit, you will endure some tasks you don’t enjoy.
3. BEING OVERWHELMED – When we take on too much we tend to feel overwhelmed. When this occurs we sometimes stop doing everything then nothing at all happens. The secret is to set goals and achieve them at a steady pace. Reward all your goals and place a reasonable time frame to each. Again to quote my friend, David Minihan, and his favourite Chinese proverb “The journey of a thousand miles, starts with the very first step”. When endeavouring to take on a big project, break it down into nice chewable steps. Remember if you bite off more than you can chew, start chewing and swallowing quickly.
4. AVOID EXCUSES – Every time you come up with an excuse of why you haven’t completed a certain task, people’s confidence in you decreases. This in turn creates a chain reaction whereby it effects your own self-confidence. As these excuses continue, you start to believe them to be true. This in turn affects your sub-conscious, which starts to believe these excuses are real. The problem isn’t everyone else it’s you!!
“If you fail to plan; then you plan to fail”