By Sherry Simoes, Founder
If you’re one of the few people who isn’t plagued with the problem of procrastination then you’re blessed beyond all measure. This thief of time can quietly rob you of precious minutes and even hours and before you realize they’re gone and unless you are in the movie Back to the Future you cannot go back in time!
Procrastination comes in many disguises. It’s called rationalization sometimes. You say, “I didn’t get started on that project because the weather was too hot or I didn’t have all the parts.” One can always come up with many good reasons to delay a project.
Procrastination can become a habit and if you keep putting off trying to do something to change then procrastination will be your constant companion.
We find ways to delay a task because there are other things more important to do. I used to procrastinate (and sometimes still do) on things that are not creative. I get on a role with a project, like writing this blog post and do not want to stop until it is done.
If you are putting off something that needs to be done, ask yourself if that job really needs to be done and if your answer is yes then get it done and then reward yourself for a victory over procrastination. When the job is complete, step back and assess what you’ve done to see if it was worth the time and effort. Perhaps you were procrastinating for good reason, like writers block or lack of direction but usually it is because the task we need to tend to is just not as fun as the other things we need to do!
Disorganization could be the father of procrastination. Get organized with a to-do list with the most urgent at the top. Make a deal with yourself that you cannot do anything else until you accomplish at least one thing on the list. You can make giant strides with tiny steps.
Huge projects can be daunting whether you’re writing a book or building a house, two things I just happen to be doing myself right now! You can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel because the elephant is standing in the way. Cut a slice out of that elephant one day at a time and soon it will be gone. A small manageable task is much more palatable than trying to swallow the entire project. No matter how small the success it’s another step toward completion.
Make a decision on what needs to be done and do it. Indecision can cause major delays in both your business and personal life. It’s easier to make a decision if you create a list of the pros and cons of what needs to be done. Once you have a clear direction, your mind clears and the path becomes apparent.
Fear of failure can also cause procrastination. The failure lies in never getting started. Difficult and dreaded tasks are rarely as bad as they seem at the beginning when you get past that fear and are on a role!
Like my mother always said “Don’t put to tomorrow what you can do today”.
Every time you feel yourself procrastinating remember the slogan that everyone knows by Nike “Just Do It”!