Procrastinating is the act of putting off or deferring an action to a later time. Many times I have been and I am still sometimes victim of procrastination. In this post, I look at the causes of procrastination and I recommend a method that has been helpful to me for overcoming the temptation to procrastinate.
Martin Luther King, Jnr. said: You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. Most people would agree with that statement. Fear of failure (or success), low self confidence, laziness, lack of self motivation or enthusiasm; those are just some of the causes of procrastination. Personally, I procrastinate more on tasks or projects that look scary big or demand regular commitment over a long period of time.
Most people delay on tasks or projects that look “ugly”. That is why Brian Tracy wrote the book “Eat that Frog”. There are two main methods I use to fight procrastination: 1. I remind myself that you can eat an elephant if and only if you proceed one bite at a time, 2. I tell myself that completing the task NOW will bring me great satisfaction and I will have more time later to do something less resources intensive, something more fun eventually.
I will finish up this post with the following quote: The habit of always putting off an experience until you can afford it, or until the time is right, or until you know how to do it is one of the greatest burglars of joy. Be deliberate, but once you’ve made up your mind -jump in. Charles R. Swindoll