Posted on | February 5, 2013 | 1 Comment
There are many ways to achieve success in life, unfortunately procrastinating is not one of them.
Procrastination is defined by the dictionary as the act or habit of procrastinating, or putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention. Simply put, procrastinating is NOT doing something that has to be done or in layman’s term – laziness. It is an act that if neglected can turn into a habit and lead to unproductivity, depression, lost self-esteem or anxiety.
However, if you find yourself guilty of procrastination do not despair because we all are in one point of our lives. We choose to slack off and do nothing instead of finishing your tasks right away. You are not alone in this problem because I’ve personally been there and I found out ways how to recover your full potential, build up your self-confidence and end procrastination. Here are 2 simple ways I find very useful and effective: be optimistic and be systematic.
“I have too many things to do.”
“I’ll never finish all of these on time.”
“This is exhausting.”
“I am tired.”
When you start saying these things to yourself, you better turn the warning lights on mate because you are facing a great danger to procrastinate. The tendency to procrastinate starts by thinking negative. The negative thoughts you are feeding yourself will slowly turn into a heavy load that will eventually weigh you down. The more negative thoughts you feed yourself, the heavier the load will become making you physically tired. So when negative thoughts starts bombing your mind, shield your mind first by keeping the negative thoughts out then counter attack with your most powerful positive ideas. Say that you can and think that you can. The mind is a powerful tool so use it wisely.
One of the reasons why people tend to procrastinate is because they do not follow a systematic procedure in doing their tasks making them exhausted without accomplishing anything. Having an organized system of doing things can speed you up and even save your time and energy.
- Make a list – list down everything that has be done for the day
- Prioritize – indicate which ones needs immediate attention and which ones can be done last.
- Make a timeline – set only a specific of time for a certain task. Challenge yourself not to go beyond the allotted time.
- Note achievements – Mark your list with every accomplished task to remind yourself of how many you have accomplished already.
Important Note: Make sure not to use all of your time planning. Though planning is good, too much planning can end up in not doing anything.
Once you overcome procrastination, you are on your way to a more productive and more fulfilling life. Do not let laziness snatch your success away from you. Work to eliminate procrastination and reap the harvest of your success tomorrow.
The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.