Procrastination is the silent killer of dreams. We put things off and then put them off some more when we know we need to get them done. We allow ourselves to get further behind, knowing that the outcome will not be suitable for us. We either miss what needed to be done or spend hours or days in a row trying to accomplish something we could have done offer a couple of weeks with better focus.
I used to be the king of procrastination. It was my badge of honor growing up. Especially when it had to do with school work. Goodness, I was terrible. If I had to read a book for class, I would put it off until the night before. Then I had to rush through the material while still getting the work done from the current day. It was a complete mess every single time. Now, some would say that they get their best work done when working under pressure like that. But I just didn’t like the feeling, yet I still did it. So, it wasn’t until I started traveling, got married, and had kids that I decided that I would not be that person anymore. Of course, it did not happen overnight, and I still struggle with procrastinating still to this day, but I would like to think that I am much better at getting the things done that need to be.
Let’s talk about 3 ways that we can handle procrastination.
- Keep a to-do list
I have to keep a list of everything that I need to get done. It’s not just for the present, but it has my goals and future plans on there as well. When I am not sure what needs to be done next or when something is taking me away from where I want to go, the list keeps me on task. My list keeps me focused and attentive on my days plan. So having an idea in front of us all the time helps us stay focused on our final goal: finishing our work!
When we put off tasks or events either by choice or by necessity, procrastination becomes our silent killer, which undermines any chance at success. Procrastination indirectly takes up.
- Set deadlines for tasks
Setting deadlines for tasks and events is a critical step in overcoming procrastination. Having our days list set with a timeline helps us to continue moving along that list and getting our task accomplished. Setting deadlines also helps us motivate ourselves because there are consequences if we don’t achieve those goals. It’s been said many times before, but successful people never let anything go until it’s complete! I have to make sure I have some sort of list with task deadlines daily or am all over the place.
- Break larger projects into smaller, manageable steps
Sometimes we feel like the task at hand is too big, and that’s when procrastination starts to set in. But if you take one step back and look, it becomes clearer what needs to be done. For example, when we expanded our yoga building, we had to have the big picture in mind, but all of the smaller steps in manageable pieces to get there. So we could take the stress away from the big picture with actionable steps throughout the process and get the building finished.
Procrastination is the silent killer of dreams. Let’s not allow it to continue. Break the habit and see yourself closer to your goals.
Be Better Than Yesterday.