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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.
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!!
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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