I heard something the other day which changed my perspective on procrastination, “Procrastination is the arrogant assumption God owes you another oppertunity to do what you already had time to do.”
We’ve all been there, whether its putting off making a doctor’s appointment, a big project, or filing taxes- procrastination has gotten the best of us all.
I use to think it was fine to procrastinate, I worked well under pressure- which is true but it’s not a reason to create unecceary stress.
The reality is procrastination is the assumption you’ll have time later; but what if you don’t?
In the grand scheme of things we never know how long we have so wouldn’t it make sense to have our thoughts and wishes organized?
On a smaller scale, there will always be something to disctract us from whatever needs to be done- so why not just do it now?
I think the biggest lesson to learn here is procrastination is a habit. Therefore, like any not so grate habit it can be replaced by a good one.
If you’re looking to overcome procrastination, here are five tips that might help:
- Break tasks into smaller, more manageable pieces: Sometimes, procrastination can be caused by feeling overwhelmed by a large project. By breaking it down into smaller tasks, you can make it feel more achievable.
- Set specific goals and deadlines: Instead of saying “I’ll work on this later,” set specific goals for what you want to accomplish and when you want it done. This will help you stay focused and motivated.
- Eliminate distractions: It’s easy to get sidetracked by social media or other distractions when you’re trying to work. Try turning off your phone or using an app to block distracting websites.
- Use positive self-talk: Instead of telling yourself “I’ll never get this done,” try reframing your thoughts in a more positive way. For example, “I’ve accomplished similar tasks before, and I can do it again.”
- Reward yourself for progress: Celebrate small victories along the way to help stay motivated. Treat yourself to something you enjoy after completing a task or reaching a milestone.
I hope this helps.J