What is procrastination, and how does it affect our lives?
Let us first take a look at the meaning of procrastination in our Webster Dictionary: 1. The action of delaying or postponing something. 2. to put off something especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness. 3. To postpone or delay needlessly
Procrastination happens to all of us from time to time. It is so easy to put off something today for tomorrow, and tomorrow for the next day, and so on, especially things we dread or don’t look forward doing.
I can be a master of Procrastination but pay a penalty when I do so. What I have procrastinated, plays on my mind and I worry about it until it gets done so it is almost not worth putting it off to begin with. I tend to procrastinate more so on things I dread just as most of us do.
At what point does procrastination cross the line and become more of a problem than it should be? When we find ourselves putting off more things than we find ourselves doing, we are at the beginning of it being a habit. Habits are hard to break and procrastination can be one of the worst habits to break.
Bad habits, like procrastination, in order to correct, requires strong self discipline. The following are suggestions on how to break the habit of procrastination.
- Make a to do list
- Cross off the today’s items as you complete each one. This will give you a feeling of accomplishment and accomplishment can far outweigh procrastination.
- Affirmations. Affirming each night before you go to sleep what your going to do, and get done, and how your going to get this task done, will allow you the feeling of how good you will feel for getting the item done.
- Record things that are your to do list for the day on your phone, and play it first thing in the morning. You will find that this little bit of extra effort will pay off and the feeling of relief you will have about getting this task done, again will far outweigh the feeling of getting to put something off.
- It is normal to procrastinate a little. Don’t be too hard on yourself when you don’t accomplish all of your goals in a timely manner as long as your getting most of them done.
Try these simple suggestions and see if they don’t help you avoid procrastination. I have found them to be successful for me when I implement them.
Thanks so much for reading about procrastination with me today. It helps me to remind myself that I am not the only one who occasionally puts things off.
Have a beautiful and blessed day.
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