I’ll get it done later…I’ll get it done tomorrow…I’ll get it done next week…I’ll get…and so on. We’ve all been there, we know that we have something that we have to get done, yet we choose to ignore it until the last minute. Sometimes we even ignore it completely and we never get it done.
Procrastination is an insidious thing. We don’t usually see it until it’s too late. We procrastinate when we choose to delay or avoid doing something that needs to be accomplished. Procrastination is self-sabotage because more often than not it leads to negative consequences. Most people think that it only applies to school and work, but they fail to realize that it is also applied to life. A lot of the challenges we face in life happens because we chose to procrastinate instead of getting things done.
Having a sense of purpose can have a huge impact on your life. Always start with your “WHY”. Starting with your “WHY” will bring clarity into your life. That sense of purpose and clarity will be your fuel to push you to go that extra mile, to take that extra step. Here’s an example.
Why am I writing this post about beating procrastination? Because I want to help other people achieve their goals.
Starting with your “WHY” will help you realize how important the task at hand really is. The more important we realize it is, the more we will care about getting it done. When we value things, we tend to care more about them.
Once you know that importance of the task at hand, then you’ll start realizing what’s at stake. Most things have negative consequences when we don’t get them done. Some of those consequences are huge, and some are not. However, they’re still negative consequences. Would you harm yourself or a loved one on purpose just because you were “feeling lazy”? You wouldn’t. But that’s exactly what is going on when you choose to procrastinate. Here are some examples.
If I didn’t write this article, then I wouldn’t be able to help you beat procrastination.
If I didn’t write this article, then I would lose self-respect because I’m not being the best version of myself.
If I didn’t write this article, then I would lose my credibility with you because I procrastinated.
If I didn’t go to the gym and eat a proper diet, then I would become overweight and weak.
Do you think you could eat an elephant in one bite? Probably not, but if the elephant was given to you in manageable pieces, then you would be able to eat that elephant. Sometimes we feel overwhelmed by the size of the task at hand. Some tasks need to be broken down into a group of smaller tasks. Once you have a group of smaller tasks then you can start tackling them one by one. One thing to remember is to never lower your goals because they’re too big. Fuck that. You should always increase the size of your goals. But it’s alright to break them down into manageable pieces. Here’s an example.
Goal — Lose Fat and Gain Muscle
Find an exercise program that works for me
Go online and do some research
Start weight loss program
Start muscle gain program
Create a schedule that works for me
Sign up for the gym
Hit the gym daily
Take my pre-workout and supplements
Pack my gear
Drive to the gym
Download an app to track everything I eat
Update my goals on the app
Do you ever wonder why some people seem to always get ahead in life? The answer is actually very simple. The secret is to start moving, just start moving, start taking action. Have you ever tried to push a car? It’s hard to get it moving when the car is still, but as soon as you’re able to push it just a bit, then it becomes a lot easier to push the car faster and faster. That is momentum.
Take the first step. Write the first word. Run the first yard. Lift the first weight. Talk to the first person. Record the first five minutes.
Once you take that first action, the second act becomes easier, then the third act becomes easier, and so on.
If you want to succeed in any area of your life, then building discipline and willpower is one of the most important things you can do. If you model what other successful people do, then you will attract success into your life. However, the opposite is also true, if you model what failures do, then you will attract failure into your life. The choice is yours.
Discipline is doing what you know you should do, no matter what, and no matter how “tiring or painful” it may be. You have to force yourself to do the hard things, whether you feel like doing them or not. Doing what is easy and what is comfortable will only yield mediocre results. The good thing about discipline is that the more you practice it, the easier it gets.
School work and job-related things usually come with deadlines. But other things don’t. If your task at hand doesn’t have a deadline, then create one and be specific about it.
I’ll get it done tomorrow.
I’ll start next week if I have time.
I’ll finish this paper before April 7th at 3 pm.
I’ll add 4 more pounds of muscle by June 3rd.
I’ll meet with 3 clients today, one at 3 pm, one at 4 pm, and one at 5 pm.
Write your deadlines on paper and place them somewhere where you can see them often. I like to place mine in front of a whiteboard calendar I have in front of my desk. Seeing my deadlines so often reminds me that I have to get them done. The more I think about them, the more I want to accomplish them.
If your school or job assignment comes with a deadline, then create another deadline for yourself, a deadline that is sooner than the original deadline. When the deadline becomes personal, then you become accountable to yourself and are less likely to miss the deadline.
Procrastination is one of the leading killers of dreams. If you want to be wealthier, healthier, and to have better relationships, then it’s of uttermost importance to get rid of it. I invite you to apply these tips into your life, I guarantee that you will start accomplishing more in less time. You will start attracting more success into your life. Start getting things done, think long term, and enjoy the rewards.
“If what you are doing is not moving you towards your goals, then it’s moving you away from your goals.” — Brian Tracy