7 Things You Can Do To Avoid Procrastination.

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So today, I wanna feed you with 7 magical points on how to  get rid of procrastination; Let’s go for a ride on the roller coaster.

1. Prioritize.

Our lives are cluttered and filled with every human activity or engagement that the mind could possibly lead us to. However, without factoring in order and importance many  of us end up in a state of paralysis and procrastination. The result is inaction which leads to zero outcome.

Since school, the importance of preparing a daily To- do- List  has always been emphasized. A daily To-do-List enables you write down all the activities you intend to do for the day.

It allows you to prioritize and begin with activities that are most important to you; and how would one know a particular activity is the most important? Probably, the most important activity is one that gives you most happiness and satisfies your values and needs. One can apply the A, B, C technique when it comes to prioritizing.

Such that, the most important activities are categorized under group A, activities that do not need urgency can be categorized under group B and finally the least important of activities can be placed under group C.

These categories could be further subdivided such that we have A1, A2 ;B1,  B2 and C1,C2. Of course this is not for the lazy, you are here because you are a champion, right?

2.Press past the Discomfort.

In most cases, the least important of activities in our lives always take the lead. On arriving home from an office job, one would rather watch The Designated Survivor Series than complete writing a business plan.

A young man would rather go out and hang out with his friends or play computer games the whole day rather than learn a new skill or read self-help and personal development books.

Actually, to every single one of us, life is usually filled with choices and options that ultimately determine our destiny. The moment  you realize there is no glory without sacrifice that is the point where you enjoy being uncomfortable by simply engaging in those activities that are highly prioritized and are gonna add value to your life.

3.Set Clear Deadlines.

Any time people make pledges or a promise to give money or service delivery, they accompany the pledge with a given deadline. Self-help groups always have rules and one of the rules is to always give out one’s dues on time.

Deadlines enable us work hard to beat them. Interestingly, one would rather work hard to deliver on the deadline of their job or company they work for but have no deadline of their own. Without deadlines in our individual lives, we will lack the will and the commitment to engage in one particular task to its completion.

Maurice, a father of two and a mechanic has always been contemplating about opening a garage of his own.Unfortunately, that is where it stops. He has never gone ahead to put his plans on paper and work within  a given time-frame to achieve this particular goal. End result is procrastination and a receding hairline.

4.Cut Out the Distractions.

Before going to bed, the previous night, Josephine had purposed to go on a morning run at 5 a.m the following day. Early in the morning, she woke up to the alarm sound she had set for 5.am. She slowly crawled out of her blankets and put one foot on the floor then another. She then dragged herself to her wardrobe where she  put on her running attire and running shoes but guess what four email notifications and two twitter messages popped up on her phone. To cut the story short, there was no morning run.

In some churches, strict pastors have broken apart smartphones  of non-attentive believers who have been distracted from listening to the sermon by their smartphones.

How many times do we get distracted by TV, iphones,our own thoughts and even the sweet small-talk within our  ears reach; and sacrifice our most important activities at the altar of the less important. The more we pay attention to the distractions the more we build ground for procrastination and completing important tasks late.

 

5.Take Baby Steps.

One is never to busy to pee when it comes calling. A mega project in your life could be demanding your one hour attention. Maybe the website  you are trying to build. Well, you might not build it in one day  or three but you can take small action steps that will actualize your dream. Ever since I was a kid, I was made to understand that Rome was not built in a day. Certainly, there is no point, in cancelling or postponing a mega project in your life on the assumption that there is no time.

Time is money, it is of value and essence  and we can manage it well if we want to. Take an example of this guy by the name John, who wants to do onion farming. He is aware that onion take  5 months from seeds to a mature onion bulb. Therefore, instead of  throwing the idea under the bridge because of the 5 months it will take for him to make returns; John prefers to take small action steps that will one day give him the capacity to run his own commercial farm. He embarks on seed bed preparation on day 1, planting of seeds and covering of the seed bed with shed on day 3,Routine management practices 2 weeks later. His friends would see this as tedious, tiresome and  told him to  look for a white collar job in the city. John would never listen to their persuasion. Four months down the line, John was looking forward to reap a bumper harvest of onions and smile all the way to the bank.

You better walk baby!!

 

6.Avoid Indecision.

Every day in our lives we are confronted with multiple choices that we must make the right decision upon. Should you take the route towards the railway or go via the bypass. Are you going by public means or taxi?

Unfortunately, when confronted with major life decisions, many are mentally unprepared to decide. On the contrary,one would rather make a wrong decision than make no decision at all.

Napoleon Hill, in his best seller, Think and Grow Rich lists indecision as one of the major causes of failure in life. He argues that successful people arrive at decisions very fast and change them very slowly, the opposite is true with  average individuals.

Indecision leads to procrastination since not being able to decide on anything means postponing whatever you were meant to do into the infinite future.

Falling on wrong decisions is the way to go for you will later stand up with the right decisions

7.Love What You Must Do

Bill Gates, is listed by Forbes magazine as the world richest man with a net worth of US$89 billion. He dropped out of Harvard University to pursue his tech. dream of Microsoft. The rest as we know is history.

Prior to his drop out , Bill Gates once narrated how he used to be a lousy student who did last minute assignments when the deadline was just around the corner. However, he learnt the hard way that things cannot work that way in business.

To be able to  beat procrastination and it’s power over you, understand that it is important to  love what you must do.

Early mornings, always present us with an opportunity for prayer, meditation, devotions or something positive..However some would rather wake up with the news bulletin.

If employed, it is your responsibility to report to work for 9 hours beginning 8 a.m to 5 p.m depending on your terms of service. Unfortunately, many do not love their jobs and would rather take feigned sick offs, skive important company meetings to go rest or engage in other activities. Love what you must do.

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Quandary of a Young Kenyan Graduate.

 

James Karagu, commonly known in close circles as Jemo, is a recent graduate from an institution of higher learning in Kenya; having pursued BSc. Statistics. Before finishing college and graduating James was upbeat about getting a job and being a respected man in society. Apparently, back then in campus, he was dating a beautiful woman from central Kenya by the nickname shiro. They were looking forward to get married immediately they completed their studies.

After their graduation, the two love birds parted ways with full of promises to one another to keep in touch and always make a point of meeting often. His girlfriend Shiro studied Journalism and Mass communication and looked forward to be a journalist with a reputable media company.

Jemo left for the city, Nairobi while Shiro left for central Kenya in Nyeri. However, after graduation and the joy of finishing school, all was not rosy as they had both anticipated. On arriving in the city, James settled at a friend’s place that was kind enough to accommodate him. His friend had finished college two years earlier and was making quite some good money in the city out of hawking. The money he earned could pay his rent, buy food and pay bills and afford extra coins to save and also sent to his mama upcountry.

 

Surprisingly, James friend, had studied Biochemistry back in college; but after “tarmacking” and job-hunting for one and half years, he resolved to be his own boss and give self-employment a try. Lucky for James, he had a friend who could shelter him as he went about in search of jobs. Every morning, James would wake up as early as 6.am but not as early as his friend who wakes up at 5 am to go about his business.

James would wake up, take a shower, neatly press his shirt and trouser and add on a blue tie compounded with shiny black shoes and head out in such of a job. He had drafted a mind- blowing CV, prepared academic certificates and any other arsenal that would sell him to the highest bidder.

On the other hand, her girlfriend Shiro, had tried her luck too in getting a job. Lucky for her, she secured a well-paying internship with a local radio station in Nyeri.They kept in touch with James as  two people who love one another usually do.

On the contrary, James was getting frustrated by the day. Some of his job applications went unanswered, and the future looked gloom and dark. His close friend was also beginning to feel the heat of hosting a jobless graduate.

Unemployment 1

One Monday morning, instead of heading out for the routine job- hunting, James chose to sit around and reflect upon his actions. He pondered at length whether searching for a job was worthwhile given the high number of graduates who were also hunting for jobs. He looked at his close friend and realized he was not formally employed with a white collar job and salary yet could make ends meet. James realized in that moment of reflection, a job was simply a temporal solution to a permanent problem. He needed to do something quick and fast going forward to be economically viable. A torrent of ideas started flowing into Jame’s head. Instantly and simultaneously, he thought of hawking, car washing, freelancing, blogging, mitumba (second-hand clothes) business.

After much deliberation, James opted to run a blog, given he had a laptop and could afford bundles for internet connection. However, that was never to start soon since James faced quite a number of options to prioritize from. Firstly, a financial firm had offered him a job with a pay  little less than what his hawker friend was taking home (ksh.35,000).The firm promised him room for career development, allowances and other benefits.

Enterpreneur

Secondly, his girlfriend from campus was getting restless and wanted James to make up his mind whether they were wasting time together in the name of love or what James was thinking about. Thirdly, an uncle of James back in the village had called him, and he wanted James to travel upcountry so that he could work as a cashier in his mini-supermarket. These options all presented themselves to John at the same time frame. It became quite difficult for John to know what path he should follow.

When his hawker friend, arrived back at home from an exhaustive working day, he found his friend James, frustrated and confused. James was spoilt for choice and did not know what was best for him.

Nevertheless, his friend was always there for him when he needed a sense of direction. James friend advised him to choose what was best for him at the time. In other words, James was told to put his priorities right. The conversation from the two men went for hours on end amidst short call breaks and water sippage to quench dry throats.

Unfortunately many graduates in Kenya today are in no position to make choices they wish they could make but only take what is given.

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On the contrary, all is not lost for young Kenyan graduates because James friend is a shining star against high rates of unemployment in Kenya today.

 

 

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Humble Beginnings

Many times when interacting with friends or walking down the streets, I have heard the phrase “humble beginnings”.

People talk about it in churches, marketplaces, homes,whats-app groups and even places of work. Well, being a Sunday, I chose to have a sit down with myself and try to reflect on the phrase “humble beginnings”

As the old saying goes “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” No wonder we have Professors who were once half asleep and half crying babies in baby class.

Up to this point  you could be asking yourself so where am I heading to with all this humble beginning write up. Hold on, stay put and you gonna get knew energy today.

Across all sectors of our economy and life at large we have heroes in different fields such as art, athletics, politics, academics, public speaking among others whom we cherish and adore.

For instance, Denzel Washington an American actor and filmmaker is an epitome of a successful career in acting and drama. He says he just got there by working hard and not partying with the right people.

Denzel

Moses, a biblical figure who was once a wanderer in the wilderness and a stammerer was raised by God to greater heights ultimately becoming one of the greatest prophet and leader in biblical history.

Moses

The president of the Republic of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta was once a political neophyte, who has risen from being a mere nominated Member of Parliament to a person who commands attention and respect from a republic.

Uhuru

Time would not allow me to talk about Barrack Obama, a junior senator from Illinois with Kenyan roots who rose to become the President of a superpower country. He had the audacity of hope, believed in himself and said yes we can.

Barrack

Nelson Mandela, commands respect even in his death, the world over, a man who in his early life did not portray a man of steel he carried in him. The rest is history as his contribution led to the end of the apartheid regime in South  Africa.

Mandela

The only difference between you and these heroes in life is time and yourself. Napoleon Hill in his book -Think and Grow Rich talks about the 31 Major causes of failure and mentions one as being mastered by self; But once self is mastered no one stands between you and your destiny.

Many have ridden themselves off their dreams by negative thinking, self-doubt and lack of belief in oneself, listening more to the opinion of others than themselves; BUT HEY!!! all is not lost since the race is not to the swift or bread to the stronger but time and chance happens o every human being.

In the journey of a thousand miles, many have not been courageous enough to fail, to strike it out again and again till there is a breakthrough. Yes the system could be terrible, yes I have family demands, Yes I have no job, Yes I never went to school but heroes even in death had greater odds working against them than you think you have. Thomas Edison contacted 1000 failed experiments because 1001 was the light bulb.

Edison

 

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