Today’s Motto: – Go For IT!
Do you ever find yourself at the end of the day looking at all the things that remain undone? Despite the fact that you had every intention of doing them. Is this really because you had too much to do? Or is it a case of bad planning or even worse procrastination. Leading to low motivation and productivity?
Can I suggest that it is the latter horrible P word? Procrastination! What is the definition in the dictionary, the action of delaying or postponing something?
There is a well-known saying, never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.
Unfortunately, many people read this as – Never do today what can be put off until tomorrow.
Or as Bing Crosby sang:
We’re busy doin’ nothin’.
Workin’ the whole day through.
Tryin’ to find lots of things not to do.
We’re busy goin’ nowhere.
Isn’t it just a crime.
We’d like to be unhappy, but
We never do have the time.
What appears to be a little distraction can often limit your lifetime achievements and personal development.
That extra 5 minutes chat over a cup of coffee when added up over the year can amount to over 30 hours. You can see what happens if that one cup of coffee becomes two or three in a day. What is the amount of time wasted?
The majority of reasons for not getting done what you want to get done is usually down to either lack of planning your day. Or underestimating the amount of time things take to get done.
Perhaps living by Procrastination is a sin, it brings pain and sorrow.
I really must do something about it – but I will wait until tomorrow
Now I am not saying that procrastination is a bad thing if it is planned. Procrastination can be a very good thing even though it is always non-productive.
Don’t get me wrong we all put things off sometimes, distractions are so easy to find. Look around you now how many things from today’s age of technology are crying out for your time? Smartphones; facebook twitter Instagram pinintrest emails and so on.
It is so easy to procrastinate that sometimes we find that we deliberately look for distractions. Such as email updates, instead of starting those more difficult tasks that must be done.
Perhaps that should be called chronic procrastination. That can be self-sabotage as tasks pile up making the to-do list even longer.
How many meetings do you attend where people sit around a table talking but really procrastinating. Nothing gets done until you stand up and do something about it!
There is light at the end of the tunnel. Once you understand what procrastination is you can free yourself of it.
The reasons why we indulge in the Big P is a lack of self-discipline. A belief that we will be actually in a better mood to complete the task or anything else tomorrow. Rather than the lack of self-discipline. It could be a case of being highly impulsive or easily distracted.
I did continue to use the excuse that I would do something tomorrow when in a fresher state. I would do it perfectly instead of in a rush if I attempted whatever it was now.
In other words, I was kidding myself that it would be psychologically beneficial to put it on tomorrow`s list. Tell myself that I was not really procrastinating.
Have you ever used the excuse that you work better to a deadline? You work better under pressure. This is not necessarily true and is most likely a way of justifying putting something off.
I could have actually used that excuse for this newsletter.
As I stated in earlier having just come out of the hospital with a new right hip. I could say that I did not feel motivated or in the mood. I could have put it off as everyone would understand, but who was I kidding?
I knew that I had to keep faith with our members.
My garden is overgrown. Even though I am banned from bending down for 3-6 months I am tempted to get in there, and poor Brenda has enough to do. It would have been so easy to try to justify inactivity. Hey, it`s my leg and hip that is causing all the pain not my brain and fingers.
Procrastination is what happens between intention and action.
Procrastinators distract themselves as a way of regulating their emotions such as fear of failure.
Out pops another of my sayings FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real.
Not closing that gap between intention and action is undermining my future.
It is me sabotaging my own plans. It allows self-doubt to creep in and I start having a negative dialogue with myself. Culminating in feeling useless.
Taking it to the extreme allowing procrastination into your life each day could end up with you wasting your whole life. It is also bad for your health for as that list of things that need doing increases so you become stressed. There is a thing called positive stress but I am not talking about that I am talking about negative stress. That is definitely not good for your health. Negative stress can affect your whole life. Ruining relationships and causing heart-attacks. Success is further away with each passing day.
How to stop procrastinating
Is there no hope? Is there nothing effective to help you with this life-threatening procrastination?
Thankfully, the answer is yes.
Did you learn a perfect language other than your own mother tongue while at school? What happened if you never spoke a word in that language again after you left full-time education? You unlearned it fairly quickly and really without effort.
Procrastination is learned it does not come naturally. Just like that language because you learned it you can unlearn it. With just about the same amount of effort you applied to unlearn that language.
Allow me to set out a few indicators that will help you unlearn procrastination.
When you feel that moment you think you will leave this task until you feel more like doing it later. Stop. Ask yourself why would you improve and feel better later, resist the urge.
Even look at the task as a project. Ask if it is possible to break it down into manageable chunks that you can see yourself doing. Once you start on those reduced chunks it is amazing how suddenly the task is accomplished totally.
I remember when trying to write my second book. The first is always easier I told myself. The book was all about setting and achieving goals.
I was living in Spain. The sun was shining even though it was February and there were hundreds of other things I could do. I looked at the task and thought what if I broke the task down into easily managed chunks. How about setting myself the task of writing 2000 words. After all, that was about 2 articles and I was used to writing 2 articles a day so I knew I could do that.
Then I realised that once I had started and had success. The 2000 words became 3000 and finally, I was completing 4000. The book was complete apart for editing and proofreading in less than half the time I completed the first book here in the UK
Another way I find helps me is if I think I can do the task in say one hour. I allow 2 hours. Completing the task within the scheduled time is really motivational.
Try removing temptation. Tuning out digital distractions such as facebook twitter Instagram pintrest. Do not have your phone in the same room. Switch off your emails, (Yes you can close them down, so they do not keep appearing on your screen when they drop into your mail box). Believe me when I say the sender is not sitting glued to their computer screen waiting for your reply. They are probably out enjoying themselves. Completing one of their other tasks or even procrastinating.
Remember there is only one person preventing you being the person you want to be. Look in the mirror to see who I think holds you back.
I started this article with the best motto of all.
Very simple but when you accept its message your whole life can change.
GO of IT
Develop simple habits to manage.