A friend said a while ago – ‘I’m so good at it, I put the pro in procrastination‘. He could just as well have been talking about me.
As I’m sitting here, I’m supposed to be baking. But I’ve just spent an hour playing PC games. I mean, if I HAVE to procrastinate, why not do something useful with that time? I could have been writing this post, or working on my quilt, or doing the washing, or literally anything useful. But NO, if you’re doing something useful, it’s not procrastination any more.
At recent training I heard the following:
“All your excuses for not doing something – i.e. I’m too busy, I don’t have enough time, It’s not my ‘scene’ – are all actually just procrastination. And procrastination comes from being scared to do something.”
If you knew what the reward would be for doing something – for example, if I would earn R40 000 per month if I speak to 5 people per day – would you still be finding excuses not to do it?
It’s like a rat chewing at the electrical wiring. Eventually he’ll chew through and you’ll be sitting in the dark. If you are a procrastinator, like me, beware of letting that rat into your mind, stealing opportunities and relationships from you. We talk ourselves out of doing things. Think of all the missed opportunities, all the relationships that just needed a bit of TLC, but you were busy doing ‘other’ things.
How do you get rid of this rat infestation in your mind?
- Get yourself a role model, someone who does not have this problem.
- Copy them. Follow their example.
- Ask if they will be your accountability partner.
- Put a value on your actions. (What will the consequences be of NOT doing it, or not doing it ON TIME? What will the reward be of DOING IT AND doing it ON TIME?)
- If you need to, reward yourself for doing things on time. You’ll know what will motivate you.
- When something needs to be done, do it immediately. If you wait an hour, chances are you’ll wait a day, a week, a month …
- Give yourself a time limit. Example – I’ll work at it for 30 minutes, then take a 10 minute break.
“Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.”
Let’s start dealing with today today.
Good luck to all my fellow procrastinators out there.