If you’re anything like me, you’re a professional procrastinator. Procrastination can take hold on any aspect of life — putting off cleaning the stove, repairing a leaky roof, seeing a doctor or dentist, submitting a job report or academic assignment or broaching a stressful issue with a person Procrastination can lead to feelings of guilt, inadequacy, depression and self-doubt. Why do we procrastinate?
The pleasure principle may be responsible for procrastination; one may prefer to avoid negative emotions, and to delay stressful tasks. The belief that one works best under pressure provides an additional incentive to the postponement of tasks. At least we think so anyway. I don’t know about you but I have a bad habit of wasting time and watching tons of youtube videos instead of completing things and tasks on time. This has cost me big time. We’re all good at saying, “I’ll do it later or tomorrow.” Then later and tomorrow turns into a week, a month or a year.
Some things are small tasks to complete but we still wait until the last minute. Small tasks can add up real quick and the next thing we know we are swamped with things to do and get frustrated. How do you like dealing with the monsters you create? I don’t. The more I procrastinate, the more monsters I create.
Example. I’ve been trying to get in shape for 15 years but nothing yet because of procrastination. I keep saying, “I’ll go to the gym tomorrow and tomorrow turns into a week, week turns into a month and the month turns into a year and the cycle continues. My body would be so ripped and shredded if I didn’t procrastinate. Now when I look in the mirror, I wish I didn’t procrastinate. Guess what I’m doing today? Going to the gym. I’m not getting any younger.
How do we overcome procrastination? Make a list of things of things you must complete and when they need to be completed. Be diligent in completing things on the list in a timely fashion. When you complete something, check it. The more you do this the better you’ll feel about yourself. A person without a plan will plan to fail. Do this on a daily bases. One of my favorite quotes is this. “Success is found in your daily habits.”
Let’s end this with some scriptures from Proverbs 6. Proverbs 6:6–11 Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider their ways and be wise. Without having any chief, officer or ruler. They prepares their bread in summer and gathers their food in harvest. How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little folding of the hands to rest and poverty will come upon you like a robber and want like an armed man.