The Lure of Procrastination

You will be surprised at the alarming number of people who are finding it difficult to get things done because of procrastination; it becomes a real problem if it is strong enough to reduce your effectiveness and overall productivity.

You will be surprised at the alarming number of people who are finding it difficult to get things done because of procrastination; it becomes a real problem if it is strong enough to reduce your effectiveness and overall productivity. Procrastination can see to it that your potentials will never see the light of day and that your career (or business) will always struggle for growth.

Procrastination involves putting off the most important things for others that are not so important but are more enjoyable. It involves not doing the dishes immediately, postponing the laundry, being very busy without results and repeatedly failing to beat deadlines.

BEATING PROCRASTINATION

  1. You need to know that you are being lazy: The first step to solving any problem is being able to recognize the problem itself and how it came to be. Beating procrastination starts with realizing that you are already falling into its pit again or you are about to fall for it again; at this point, you can still turn the table around if you are very sincere to yourself. Procrastination doesn’t just happen, it starts with a little indulgence and grows into a habitual monster that becomes difficult to tame; the best time to kill it is when it is still an indulgence. The early signs of procrastination include but are not limited to wasting time to make a cup of coffee before a high profile task, choosing simpler tasks ahead of important tasks, always waiting for deadline day before completing projects and telling yourself you could always do it tomorrow.

  2. You need to know why you are procrastinating: is it that the task is difficult? Do you find it unpleasant? Is there a problem with the people you are supposed to work with? Do you feel that you are naturally scattered? Do you feel overwhelmed by so many tasks? Whatever the case is, you need to be sure you figure out your reason for procrastination.

  3. Fight back with deadly and precise actions now: once you realize that you are procrastinating and you have figured out what seems to be the problem, it is time to take the bull by the horns; this is how you can beat procrastination today and every other day: report yourself to someone and authorize the person to keep you accountable, think about the consequences of your delay and inaction, promise yourself a reward for completing the task, have a to-do list with time attached to them, take the most difficult first and make sure you start now!

Always remember that procrastination always seeks to master you, how you respond to it is what defines you and how productive you will be in the long run. One particular character trait of successful people is their ability to beat back the lure of procrastination on as consistent basis. Master procrastination and you will see how much difference that makes in your life, your health and in your own business. It is very important to state here that procrastination grows; continuing to procrastinate helps it to develop a real monster that you will not be able to tame.