Say NOW to Procrastination
Ever suffered from procrastination?? In work or at home? You get to 2 pm in your working day and realise you still have a full days work to do as you’ve wasted your morning doing things that were not a priority or favoured tasks because you didn’t want to do the ones that needed to be done??
40% of people have experienced loss due to procrastination, and just over 25% people experience chronic deliberating procrastination (McCown and Robert 1994).
It’s easy to make excuses and create distractions for ourselves instead of doing what really needs to be done. But the reality is that procrastination causes stress, anxiety, fear, unbelief and pressure. It does not lead to success! You can beat procrastination by just making a decision, you need to make a decision and follow it up with action – this is when success happens.
If you need help getting off the starting mark, make a list of what needs doing. Start with the things that only will take a few minutes to help you to get on a roll. Author of ‘Getting Things Done’ is a huge advocate of the 2-minute rule. If a task takes less than 2 minutes to complete, do it as soon as you realise it needs doing.
For tasks that need your attention for a longer period of time, give yourself regular breaks as a reward. You may find that breaking up a task into smaller jobs, may make it feel more manageable. These are things you could be doing in looking for a new job or day to day in the office. From this moment, actively make the decision to identify when you are procrastinating and banish it from your day. When you make a decision, you leave no room for procrastination!
Break the cycle, make a decision, take action and eliminate procrastination from your life!