Postpone your procrastination and make a difference in your life
So here’s what happens: You’ve a strategy — let’s suppose, to awaken by 7; be bathed and dressed to kill and breakfasted by 8; at your desk by 9; work 3 hours; exercise during your lunch; eat a healthy salad at your desk; work 4 more hours; come home; eat supper with your companion; work a few more hours at night; and then huddle in bed with a great book. But you don’t follow the strategy.
Perhaps you awaken late by 8, or 9, or … noon! The strategy is trashed before you even get moving. On the other hand, perhaps, it takes you not one, but 3 hours to make it to your desk. Then, when you’re there, you go down an hour or three reading the paper, net surfing, and making personal phone calls. Or, perhaps when lunch comes around you don’t exercise and instead of a salad eat a mammoth sandwich and then spend the rest of the afternoon feeling sluggish and don’t get much done. Etc.
Procrastination (Laziness) is when you are bumped off the “course” you set for yourself for the day. The difficulty of outfoxing procrastination is the challenge of resisting the itch to leave your course. This is also the challenge of beating blocks, since a block is truly an ongoing procrastination issue that lasts weeks, months, years, or even decades.
Here below are some points to help you work out what is causing you to leave your daily course, and what you may do to stay dedicated and ultimately live the productive and happy life you’ve always wished-for.
Postponing Your Procrastination
Developing The Crucial ‘NOW’ Practice And Strategies That Helps You To Take The First Step Promptly!
Matters That Throw us off Our Course
Let’s suppose you intended to be at your PC, working at a project, at 10 a.m. on a Monday morning, but you’re not. How come? The answer might be one or more of the following.
- Woke up late
- Junked your lover last night, and continue reliving the quarrel in your mind
- Are too sapped– the coffee hasn’t set in yet
- Are excessively hyperactive– consumed excessive coffee and can’t sit motionless
- Are disquieted by the weather– it’s amazing out and you’d love to take a walk or bike ride
- Are disquieted by the weather– it’s atrocious and depressing
- Got a phone call or e-mail or instant message from a friend, who’s depressed (though not in crisis) and asked to talk
- Got a phone call from a friend (or e-mail or instant message) that’s happy and wanted to share great news
- Are reviewing the paper– every last word of it
- Are net surfing or net shopping
- Are playing Solitaire
- Simply realized that it’s extremely crucial to work on another project
Or, if you are working from a home office:
- Switched on the television for “a minute” and saw that one of your favorite actors is being interviewed, so you decide to watch the interview
- Just realized that the laundry urgently needs to be done!
These common things may throw you off your course. It’s just a partial list; naturally, you may likely add many other entries to it. There are likely 100s of possible “bumps” that may knock you off your course.
One crucial thing to mention is that, while a few of these bumps appear “good” or “worthwhile” (like commiserating with your unhappy associate or doing the laundry), and some (like playing Solitaire) seem “frivolous” or “foul”, they’re all equally unacceptable from the perspective of beating your procrastination routine.
You need to learn to resist the urge to get absorbed into activities not on your schedule, no matter how important or virtuous they appear at the moment. The one exception, naturally, is emergencies, means actions that can’t be postponed without significant damage to yourself or other people. However despite an emergency, after you’ve handled it, ask yourself whether it may have been prevented by finer planning, or whether somebody else could have handled it. If you’ve got a challenging goal, it’s truly crucial to learn to minimize the number of preventable emergencies in your life, and to learn to delegate as much as possible.
If it appears like it’s a hard line. It needs to, as procrastinators are often adept at rationalizing their diversions. Certainly, if someone is unwell or otherwise incapacitated, we ought to help them, however to what degree? It’s not always clear, and a lot of procrastinators misjudge, compromising too much of their own time to assist other people, even when those other people aren’t particularly needy or when someone else is available to help. This issue might be hard to determine, much less solve, as the (deservedly) good feeling one gets from assisting often offsets the sense of guilt that the procrastination generally spawns.
View Your Commitments Differently
When you begin viewing your commitments from the perspective of somebody who’s determined to succeed at their challenging dream– meaning, somebody who must utilize their time optimally, fresh solutions to previously “unresolved” problems often present themselves. So, for instance: What’s Crucial.
- Your aged parents may likely find someone else to mow their lawn and pick up the groceries like a different family member, or the high school youngster down the block who needs a couple of extra bucks.
- Your companion and kids may likely survive on takeout (or cook their own food!) A couple of nights a week.
- Your acquaintance who needs a lot of assistance may find other people or perhaps professionals, like a specialist to help furnish it.
If you didn’t have a challenging dream that you were following in addition to life’s ordinary needs, then perhaps you could get away with mowing the lawn, fixing all the meals, and chatting for hours daily with your friend. However when you own up to your challenging dream, you’re basically declaring that you’ll be truly particular and self-directed in how you spend your time, as you have to reserve as much time as possible for your ambition. This is in direct contrast to most individuals, who let other people including family, friends, neighbors, colleagues and companies control their time for them.
Nearly all ambitious dreamers, for instance, need to reduce the time they spend on ho-hum household chores to as close as possible to zilch, to ensure that they utilize the reclaimed time and energy to work at their ambition.
All right, if you like gardening and it feeds your soul, don’t give up. However cleaning? Lawn work? Wiping up floors? Standing in line at the market? To the extent, that you’re able to find someone else to do it. Send your laundry out to be done, hire somebody to preserve the lawn (or get your companion or children to do it), purchase a floor-mopping robot, and have your foods items delivered.
If you feel peculiar doing any of that, get over it: cutting down your household chores burden is an investment in yourself. Likewise, it’s unrealistic to believe that you may spend your time the same way non-ambitious dreamers do and yet accomplish your challenging dream.
None of this should mean that you desert your loved ones or friends. It merely suggests you invest your time judiciously. Although you’re not cutting your parents’ lawn, for instance, you may still be taking them to checkup appointments: that’s a much greater value activity that’s likely a far better utilization of your time.
Moreover, even though you’re not fixing home cooked dinners every night, you may still do it a couple of times a week. In addition, even if you’re not able to speak to your friend for hours daily, you may still be available to them in times of true need.
It may be scary to alter the terms of our interaction with someone, particularly if we’ve been interacting with them in a particular way for years. (Double particularly if we’ve been taught to subordinate our needs to other people, as many women particularly are).
Individuals frequently respond badly when we tell them we can’t do as much for them, or spend as much time with them, as we have been. Often, however, if we take the time to share our state of affairs, aspirations and needs, they’re surprisingly compassionate and eager to help. So don’t just tell people you’ll be less available tell them why, and welcome their support and help.
If, after you share your story, a couple of people still aren’t compassionate, or are proactively unfriendly, that’s a sorry concern to have, yet a typical one. That’s why successful people learn to say “no”, and also distance themselves from unsupportive or harmful people, even if they happen to be related to them.
Whatever time you choose to spend helping other people you ought to build into your weekly or monthly schedule. You ought to integrate time both for your own leisure and for unintentional events and emergencies.
Many individuals believe time management is about attempting to stuff as much as possible into one’s schedule, however it’s not; it’s pertaining to clearing as much as conceivable off your schedule so you may work, at a comfortable, non-stressful pace, on your crucial objectives.
To summarize: whatever bumps you off your course that isn’t inevitable emergency is procrastination, no matter how crucial it might seem at the time.