PROCRASTINATION – The Thief Of Time
“My advice is to never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.” – Charles Dickens
“Never put off for tomorrow, what you can do today.” – Thomas Jefferson
“Procrastination is the bad habit of putting of until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.” – Napoleon Hill
Over the years, I’ve come to accept that I’m a natural procrastinator. 🙂 No matter how much I want to avoid it, its just my nature. Whenever there’s something that needs to be done – whether its big or small, important or irrelevant – my instinct is to “start later” or “put it off until tomorrow”. One of the reason being that I have a very creative and imaginative nature also and believe I can ge things done within a jiffy – then you know what??? I then find myself FRANTICALLY slaving away on a task that should have been finished yesterday, last week, or even months ago.
Of course, there are definitely times when I need to get some real work done and work on overcoming my procrastinating nature. When I do, I like to check out procrastination quotes from amazing people who managed to accomplish incredible things in their lives. I also use the techniques below.
So, ready to kiss procrastination goodbye and say hello to ultra-productivity?
Great, because the truth is, getting things DONE actually has double-sided benefits:
First of all, you get stuff DONE .. :-))
And Second, you get a shot of that HAPPY chemical, dopamine, that your brain gives you whenever you accomplish something.
It’s true. You can actually raise your dopamine by Getting Stuff Done. You get a sense of deep satisfaction that increases your energy field. This in turn attracts positive things to you
So, ready to generate some happy chemicals this weekend? Let’s do it.
There are 4 simple ways to beat procrastination so you can start getting stuff done (instead of watching DSTV or surfing the internet all weekend):
1. Identify the first small step and just do that.
Most of us clump tasks all together into one big Thing that needs doing and this makes it look really daunting on the surface. But what does the first step look like? Find that out, and then just do that one thing. Chances are, the shot of dopamine you’ll get will feel so good, you’ll actually feel like doing the rest of it.
2. Get outside and get some exercise.
Another way to trigger your happy chemical level is to get out of the house and exercise. I get up and walk for about 30 minutes in the morning or evening if I get back on time. Or, join a Zumba class around your area. So if you have something you need to do raise your energy level by exercising, and maybe even get those endorphins flowing, and you’ll be much more likely to “feel” like getting stuff done. Even the Big stuff. I get up and walk for about 30 minutes
3. Schedule it in.
It’s easy to think you’ll do something “sometime” but the fact is, most of the things you do in the day you do at a certain time, or after a “trigger.” You brush your teeth in the morning after you get out of bed. You show up for a meeting because it’s on your calendar. Schedule that thing you’re going to do “someday” for a specific day and time, and you’re ten times more likely to actually do it. It works – believe me!
4. Get a motivation.
Think of something that would make you satisfied once you get the chores or work out of the way – on time. Or promise yourself a treat. Rewarding yourself with a gift is quite motivating.
So those are the 4 things that you can do to get started. If you need more assistance on this issue, you can schedule a free exploratory coaching session.
Laila St. Matthew-Daniel
Transitional Strategist/Life Coach