Have you been postponing a project for a while? I will show here today how to put an end to procrastination.
It is said that John Grisham, one of best authors in the United States, completed his first novel while he was working full-time as an attorney. How did he do that? The only way to do it is determination. He had the same amount of hours as the rest of the people and he was as busy as the rest of us. However, he was determined to write his book and made time for it. He conquered procrastination by taking action. One of the things he did was to force himself to wake up early so he could work on his book before he went to his full-time job.
Success is not accomplished by accident. It comes through the constant determination of taking action. Procrastination is the enemy of success.
Do you suffer from procrastination? Do me a favor and take the following quiz to find out:
- Do you jot-down your priorities?
- Do you identify the task(s) that has the yields the results towards the achievement of your goals?
- Do you accept full responsibility for the results of your decisions?
- Do you know when to wrap up a project?
If you answered “yes” to all of the above questions, congratulations you are in a small group. If you answered “no” to any of the above questions, pick one and make a commitment to do something about it today. Do you want to live with them forever?
Do you have a legitimate reason for postponing jobs? And after thinking about these questions, ask yourself if you delay tasks for justifiable reasons-or if you just make excuses to procrastinate.
“Thoughts are but dreams till their effects be tried.” Shakespeare
One of the keys of success in life, regardless if you are an entrepreneur, a home-maker or minister, is our ability to improve our organizational skills. The better we plan, even if you plan consist of a to-do list, the easier will be to conquer procrastination. Studies have shown that for every minute spent planning, you save approximately ten minutes in the execution. It will only take you about ten minutes to plan your day, and such small investment will save you about two hours in lost time every day.
One of your main daily goals should be to focus on the tasks that yield the highest return for your investment of time.
“Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.” William James
The only way to defeat procrastination is to do something!
Don’t under-estimate the power of procrastination. Procrastination is one of the principal reasons individuals don’t live lives to the fullest.
How do you usually keep yourself moving forward when you would rather put something off? The only way to accomplish this is to put an end to procrastination.
Here are some suggestions to put an end to procrastination today:
- Keep a diary. This is a diary of your accomplishments. Write down how it felt to finishing your project successfully. This diary will serve as a testimony to you during those difficult times you may face in the future.
- Break-down difficult assignments and make them team projects if you can. Outsource what can be done by other and focus on your strengths.
- Reward yourself. What things bring you joy? Use them as rewards when you successfully complete a project.
- Use time wisely. One of the signs of procrastination is filling your to-do list with meaningless tasks or tasks that should be delayed.
- Take responsibility. Why do people pay attention to complainers? Why do people play victims? There is nothing appealing about being a victim. Instead be different and take responsibility and stop the victim mindset.
- No more excuses. Excuse is defined as “a reason put forward to conceal the real reason for an action.” Excuses prevents you from achieving your goals, it builds walls of resistance.
There’s only one way to end procrastination today is to do something about it today.