How To Be Successful In Life – Defeating Procrastination
Procrastination Is Your Own Worst Enemy
Procrastination really is your own worst enemy. You do it to yourself, putting off tasks you need to do or doing something else instead. This causes you to not do your best work, makes you look unreliable and also causes you a great deal of stress. If you procrastinate you will also often feel guilty at not doing what you should do, and feel inadequate, like you can no longer perform. It becomes a vicious spiral and it becomes increasingly harder to take positive action if you let yourself become a procrastinator.
You may con yourself and others by appearing to be busy, when actually you may be doing something, but it is not something that will help you attain the goals you have set for yourself. This is especially true the further you are from achieving your goal, because it hasn’t yet become real for you and you can’t quite visualize the benefits that success will bring.
So why do people procrastinate?
There are many reasons:
- You may not have a clear idea of how much time is available to you or how long a task will take to complete. That means you lack real focus and purpose a you don’t know that you want to achieve or when you want to achieve it.
- You may find it difficult or impossible to set priorities. If you can’t prioritize effectively then you will flit from one task to another, never really achieving anything productive and you will also be more likely to miss deadlines and be overloaded with overdue work.
- You may even just have too much work! That becomes overwhelming and so you panic and don’t get anything done.
- Perhaps you are anxious that you just can’t do the task ahead of you so you don’t want to try – after all, if you haven’t tried, you haven’t failed, right? Wrong!
- People who lack confidence in their abilities are much more likely to procrastinate. You may not even know where to begin on a task and be afraid to ask for help. Avoidance is much easier – for a while.
- Conversely, you made actually be afraid of success and the changes that would bring to your life. Would you be able to cope with people expecting greater things of you? Would your life really be as good as you think if you were to achieve the success you are aiming for?
- You may be a perfectionist for whom nothing is ever good enough. That’s an incredibly high standard to achieve and eventually, you give up trying, so tasks are easily put off.
- Perhaps you’re someone who is completely thrown by setbacks. You don’t make Plan B, so when you encounter hurdles it really is a big problem. That kind of approach is bound to make you procrastinate, dithering about the risks of trying to make progress. You would rather avoid completely things, which you dislike or find difficult.
So, there are several perfectly understandable reasons why people procrastinate, but that doesn’t make it a sensible thing to do. Procrastination means you will meet with little success and you will stack up a list of unfinished projects and things to do which just hang over your head and make you miserable and stressed. These things don’t go away without any effort from you. So don’t be your own worst enemy. You *can* overcome procrastination, though – by taking small, manageable steps towards your goals.
To your success,
Andy Shaw – A Bug Free Mind