How true is this Spanish quote that has been used for centuries – “tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week”, this quote is synonymous to time management and procrastination. I have come to realize that the word procrastination is overused to the extent that it bears little or no weight in the mind of an individual.
The question now is what are you putting of till tomorrow? Whatever you keep put off does not get done until you start, this can also lead to accumulation of task left undone.
You need to avoid getting overwhelmed, by taking the first step. Do not quit until the task is completed.
The following tips can prevent you from procrastination:
Commitment: This usually starts with a decision to make a difference, that will deliver a result. unwavering in passion and act towards and event or action. Start by making that one decision you will be committed to.
Persistence: It is not enough to commence a task, completing it in good time is very important. So many people quit when they do not get the desired result. Imagine the story of a man who bought a Gold field, hoping to find gold, he dug and dug. No Gold in sight, he stopped believing and sold the field. The new owner dug a little down and struck Gold. All he needed was a little perseverance and persistence.
Plan Less, Act more: Do you fine tune details to the least bit of it, and find out you rarely take any action. You find flaws in every corner you turn, and find a need to fix it before moving on. It is always advisable to get the basic details necessary, there is no such thing like a perfect plan. It is always refined in the act. Get your feet wet and start doing something about that plan.
Prioritization: There are countless resources on this, for efficiency and effectiveness it is advised you start with the most important task, and cascade it down to the least.
The 80/20 principle by Richard Koch emphasizes more on expending energy on the 20% task that will give you 80% returns. Offloading the difficult and important task lightens you up and improves your day.
Determination: Deliberately determine within your heart to do whatever it takes to complete that assignment. Avoid procrastination, it steal countless of dreams and wastes many lofty ideas.
You must also desire to know why you procrastinate, read books that will provide you with explicit and useful answers to this burning question. you will find below great reading recommendation.
1. The war of Art – Steven Pressfield ( A life transforming book for creative people)
2. The 7 Secrets of the Prolific: The Definitive Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, Perfectionism, and Writer’s… by Hillary Rettig and Barry ( Ideal book for you if you keen on making it perfect)
3. The Procrastination Workbook: Your Personalized Program for Breaking Free from the Patterns That Hold You Back… by William J. Knaus EdD ( If you need a walk through program.)
4. Time Tactics of Very Successful People by B. Eugene Griessman ( A true classic time management bible)
The best result can only be gotten by self discipline, stop day dreaming and get it done now.
How often do you put off tasks? Be careful you cannot read everything on this subject. The best way to handle it is to follow the essential guide and practice it, refer to recommended books to reinforce your efforts.