OK, I’m going to talk about a susceptible subject today. How many of you are procrastinators? If you’re like most people, you put off and put off until the last minute. Sometimes that’s fine, but when you expect everyone else to compensate for your procrastination, it can become a problem. I have many people that I work with as far as tenants who are always late on their payments. They procrastinate, paying every chance they get, and then find themselves in trouble. Their units are about to be auctioned, and then they’ll call me with outrageous excuses, or they will call me with lies.
I once heard a saying stating, “Poor planning on your part does not equate to an emergency on mine.” I’m beginning to understand that statement more and more the older I get. “When we fail to plan, we plan to fail,” whether we want to admit that or not. What’s important is finding ways to get out of the habit of procrastinating vital elements in our lives.
After listening to some of the excuses, I had to decide that I would do everything I could to change my procrastination patterns. Hear some helpful tips I found.
1. Fill your day with low priority task. Some of those tasks might be something trivial but easy to accomplish. The goal is to start small and work your way up to bigger things.
2. Leave an item on your to-do list for a long time even though it’s essential. This item is simple if you can leave something on your to-do list, it forces you to have a goal and fulfill that goal later.
3. Read emails several times a day without deciding on what to do with them. The reason for this is simple. When you read things several times over, you might find things that you missed the 1st couple of times and do the job more effectively.
4. Start a high-priority task and then take a little bit of a break. The reason is that it forces you to step away, and it forces you to come back. When you put those priorities in your life and start seeing what you have to go back to, you’re more inclined to finish the task.
5. Stop making a big deal out of things unless they are a big deal. Look, if you put everything off or try to implicate something like a big deal when it’s not, you’re not going to want to deal with it. You’re going to look at it as being unbearable. Boredom and hard work are not going to kill you. It may feel like it, but procrastination is associated with stress, and when you think of stress, you don’t always want to deal with stress. It’s just that simple.
6. Focus on your “why.” People tend to focus more on short-term gains as opposed to long-term results. So what are the benefits of completing those tasks? Think of The Times that you’ve had to Spring clean your house. What made you want to do that? Were you tired of seeing all the dirt in the place? Did you know that you needed to get it done and couldn’t get the willpower to do it?? If you forced yourself to clean, then you were able to overcome Your procrastination for that task. If you didn’t force yourself to clean, you might still be looking at a dirty house. Maybe you need to clean your home with items you no longer use. You might consider donating items to charity, and you have them boxed up but have yet to take them to the organization. What’s stopping you? Have you put on the extra weight and need to work out, and yet you procrastinate? What’s causing you not to be motivated? These are all questions that focus on the “why” you’re not getting things accomplished.
7. Pull out your calendar. Set a date that will become your goal to get your project accomplished. This task holds you accountable. You can mentally psych yourself out to let yourself know this is the time to get something accomplished just like you would for an organized meeting.
8. Be realistic. I have a friend right now who is daydreaming about things that are what he’s going to get in the future. He sees himself driving an expensive car and being able to do very well for himself financially. I genuinely hope he achieves that goal, but I fear that he’s convincing himself and setting himself up for unrealistic expectations. It’s OK to dream, but don’t pull the trigger on things before you have some reality of success. There’s a lot of things to consider. I’m unconvinced that he’s not having amid life crisis, but that’s another topic for another day.
9. Finally, can the excuses. I’ve always heard that “Bad excuses are worse than none,” and lately, it seems like there’s a lot of truth to that statement. Every time someone gives an excuse for a task, it leaves the doorway open to not succeed. We all have to find ways of motivating ourselves to accomplish our goals. If you want a very successful life, you have to plan for it. You have to motivate yourself and get yourself off the procrastination wagon. Things don’t just happen because you wave a magic one and say, “oh, I want this.” It takes work that a lot of people don’t understand. It takes dreams, ambitions, goals, and a lot of networking. No task is going to be accomplished if you wish it to fruition. We all have days of procrastination. The key is not to let that procrastination become something that never changes.
So as you’re going through the day, I hope you can tackle the things that you don’t want to do but need to do. Look at them as a challenge and don’t allow procrastination to take over unless there are other things with more significant priorities. Only you can determine what those are, but I hope that as you are sorting through those priorities, you see a cycle of procrastination that can rear its ugly head if you let it. Have a great weekend, everyone.