Procrastination is when we choose short term comfort over short term discomfort, that would lead to long term comfort. Does that even make sense? Let me elaborate!
Most of us have a clear vision of what our end goal is. However we are also aware that we need to take practical steps towards it. Steps that are uncomfortable, difficult, outside our comfort zone, time consuming or just…
For many years I thought it was okay to procrastinate and didn’t put much stock in how much of an impact it had on my life. But then my eyes were opened and I realized my procrastination impacted every aspect of my life. The reason? I had a general attitude of indifference and complacency! Procrastination was a manifestation of a lazy and destructive mindset.
I found this post by Koralee P on Hub Pages:
Some people are natural-born thinkers, and some people are naturally doers. Some do a lot of thinking, but never get anything done. While others, like me, bounce back and forth between the two.
Are you a procrastinator? I know I am and it drives me nuts. Procrastination is no fun, it keeps you from doing things you really want to. You get this great idea, actually you have been wanting to do this thing for forever, in my case, write a book. You want to pursue it, you really, really do. And then, the time comes for action and bam, I feel overwhelmed, tired, don’t know where to begin, and all action comes to a grinding halt. I feel so frustrated and angry with myself after these bouts of inactivity. I know I can’t be the only one out there experiencing this, so I thought I would write this handy dandy blog post about how I kick procrastination’s big ol’ butt to the curb!
So are you following me? You get a great idea, something you really want to do. Something you are…
It’s hard to wish and wish and wish, only to feel like you are the unluckiest wish maker that walked the earth. Why is it that some people seem to have all the luck?
But is wish making really about luck? Or is it about your ability to crystallise one thing worth wishing for, and then find a way to go after it?
There’s a simple beauty in making a wish. Birthday candles, dandelions and wishing bones. All times that offer pause to pinpoint that twinkle in your eye.
If you look closely though, in the breath of a dandelion you’ll find hundreds of new wishes born and ready to be discovered. By the sheer momentum of action, your wish fragments into millions of tiny little pieces that seed the next steps to be taken.
Some people are naturally lucky. Annoying fact. Most people need to rely less on luck…
Procrastination is a huge productivity killer, and it affects everyone. If you’re a student with a full course load or a professional with a large workload, these tips can help you get back on track.
1. Create and maintain a Work-Progress Journal.
A Work-Progress Journal is exactly what it sounds like; a journal to keep track of the work you’re doing and the progress you’re making. You don’t need any fancy notebook for this. Any notebook would be fine.
Every morning grab your journal and jot down what you plan to do for the day. Either as you complete tasks or after the day ends, record how much time you spent on each task. If you want to be really specific you could use a timer, but estimates are fine, also. This will allow you to get an idea of how much time you need to set aside for repetitive tasks. For the…
We don’t have a lot of time on this planet. It’s a blink of an eye, really. We grow up hearing we have plenty of time and that we don’t have to make decisions about who we want to be when we finally do grow up. And then, we grow up. And we still convince ourselves we have plenty of time to work, to dream, to raise our kids, to save our money, to start that business, or write that book. But, we don’t. Between sleeping, eating, and the bathroom, almost 50% of our day (that’s our life) is spoken for. Then, most of us have a job that eats up a substantial chunk of the rest, plus family, socializing, events, TV, and more, there is quite literally not enough time in the day.
Guess what? Nearly everyone is in the same boat. And still, some people find the time…
Each day of our lives we are faced with decisions. Some are simple like which way should one hang the toilet paper: sheets over or sheets under? And others are so important that we can’t find it in ourselves to make a decision one way or the other. So we float in the middle. But what we don’t realize is that by putting off making a decision we have already in essence made a decision.
What is keeping you from adopting Nike’s old slogan and “just do it?” Is it fear? Is it laziness?
What is it that you need to address in your life? What have you been neglecting for years? Is it your health? Is it your credit? Is it disorganization? What is it? I’m talking about that thing that creeps into your mind during your alone time. That thing that haunts you during the last moments before you drift off to sleep. I’m referring to that thing that pops into your head during your morning shower. I’m referring to that thing that you keep saying you’ll do tomorrow.
How many tomorrows have passed?
Yesterday you said tomorrow. The day before that you said tomorrow. I have a saying that I have said to Evelina so often that she now quotes it back to me: “Tomorrow never comes.” It is a saying that I adopted as my mantra when I was overcoming procrastination.
“Tomorrow never comes.”
Such a simple, yet deep statement. When tomorrow arrives it is actually today, which makes today yesterday’s tomorrow. A vicious cycle.