Does procrastinating win in your life more often than you’d like to admit? I know, it’s not something we easily admit to, but it happens, and the frustrating thing is though we know we do it, we struggle with knowing how to stop the cycle.
Procrastination is putting off or delaying doing something to a later time, we justify the delay with what we coin “valid excuse or reason”, maybe to make ourselves feel better, but regardless we do it, and before you know it that plan, goal, thing…whatever it is, gets forgotten or tucked away until something triggers a reminder and it either gets dealt with, or the muscle of procrastination gets to work and wins again!
Procrastinating holds us back from moving forward. We don’t want to look back in our lives and admit that we failed to complete doing things because we procrastinated, and failed at our plans to quit smoking, spend quality time with family, treat self better, work on our excessive drinking, doing drugs, lose weight, get out of debt, finally follow our passion, stay committed to that new hobby, etc. etc. – noticed a pattern here? Whatever it is you make plans to do, usually benefits your life, which in turn will have a positive effect on the people you interact with.
We know that anyway, then why are we self-sabotaging ourselves by delaying doing the very thing which will better our lives? Hmmm!
So, what is the best way to stop procrastinating? The simplest answer is to “take action”! I know, I know, easier said than done, but it’s the only solution to this problem. Let me share what worked for me to disable the power of procrastinating and helped me to move on with getting things done.
The four areas I discovered that accounted for my procrastination overdrive are:
- Floppy Consistency – from having a weak plan and purpose (missing the big picture).
- Biting off more than I can chew – over-extending myself to obtain more in less time without being realistic about the cost.
- Lack of vision – not mentally engaged with the process before I started.
- Low on motivation – not properly fueled with the right support to keep me going.
So how did I solve this annoying bad habit/problem? I started by asking myself (not your close friend, family, co-worker, or partner) questions. It’s time to make it personal and do a bit of deep self-searching and getting honest with YOU; like…
- How will I benefit from doing this?
- What is the purpose for wanting to do this, the timeline – is it outrageously impossible or is it feasible yet challenging enough for me?
- What’s the physical, emotional, mental and financial cost and can I afford it now?
- What does the end result looks like when I envision it and what impact will it have on others?
- What motivational tool do I need to keep me focused for the duration?
Those answers has assisted me in making smart decisions on timing which helps weakens procrastination from surfacing and derailing my progress. I hope this will be a guide to help you discover why you give into procrastination and provide you with the answers that will empower you to weaken and stop the power of procrastination for good.
To your health and enjoyment!