Like most people I used to be pretty good at procrastinating. (I guess this is something not to be proud of)
Quite frankly, I didn’t fully understand what the word meant. I could honestly say I even put off the simple task in looking up the meaning of procrastination in the dictionary.
Today, I have a clear understanding to what procrastination means which is basically putting off impending tasks to a later time or the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks instead of more urgent ones.
Over time, I have come to realise that procrastination gets you nowhere.
If you have a wish or dream to be successful in any aspect of your life, whether it is in your career or personal life, procrastination is really not your best friend.
So how does one say goodbye to procrastination? This is a huge subject alone studied and written about in detail by numerous experts for many years now. I am certainly not an expert in this field, but will later on explain ways and methods how I overcome procrastination.
But first we need to understand why some people are extremely successful whilst others just plod along with the same results day after day.
How is it that some people are living a life on their own terms, doing what they want when they want, whilst others are striving to get by.
The answer lies in a simple thing called “mindset”. Every day we make choices and decisions, from deciding what time we wake up to what we do first thing in the morning to how we carry out our day. We choose whether we want to focus on the negative things going on around us or on the positive things. We decide whether to put off something we have been wanting to do for ages for another day or we go out and do it now. These actions and decisions which surround us constantly are driven and guided by our mood, our attitude, our intention and our inclination.
Sometimes within a split second without even being conscious of what we are doing, we make a decision whether to smile and acknowledge somebody or to totally ignore them. This all depends on our mood and our attitude at that particular moment in time. If we understand that we are in full control and have the power to decide and choose what we do or say at any given moment, we are already on the right path to understanding how we can overcome procrastinating.
The Commonality amongst successful people is they think about what they want and not what they don’t have. They use sentences like “how can i get this” or “how can I make this happen” and not sentences like “I will never be able to afford that” or “I will never be able to do that”.
Successful people do not have limiting beliefs holding them back from doing things. They believe anything is possible. If they don’t know how to do it, they will find a way.
In a nutshell, successful people get things done. They have goals and targets. They don’t let fear of failure get in their way. They take action and get results. And the more action they take the bigger results they get.
So coming back to the question, how does one say goodbye to procrastination?
The first step is to be aware of habits and thoughts that lead to procrastination.
Creating habits and daily routines can make a huge difference to becoming more productive and effective. There is a saying that “morning people are successful people”. Many entrepreneurs, CEO’s, leaders and professional athletes start their day early. This is the time for some form of exercise, fuelling the body with a healthy breakfast, planning your day and visualising your dreams. This all leads to a positive start to your day ahead with bundles of optimism. It may take some time to adjust to not hitting the snooze button, but once you make it a habit, you will never look back. Adopt morning rituals and you will start to see massive results in your life.
Setting meaningful goals and targets for yourself will create excitement, emotion and a sense of inner drive to achieve them. Break the goals down into smaller chunks which can be achieved step by step and set deadlines and if it works for you, reward yourself for accomplished tasks. I find that continuously reviewing and rewriting my goals helps me focus and keep on track of achieving them.
Time is the most valuable asset for us all. Obviously successful people have the same amount of time as everyone else, it’s just how they manage their time and how much they appreciate the importance of every minute.
Look at the activities and distractions in your life and ask yourself whether they are conducive towards achieving your goals? Are you managing your time well? Are you spending time doing things which are really wasting time? This is an area which requires self discipline, will power and focus. Once you become aware that you are doing things which are non-productive, you will want to do something about it. I find having visual images of my goals in prominent places reminds me of my intentions and helps me to keep on track and avoid time-wasting activities.
Never stop learning. All successful people are striving to learn more and always looking out to see how they can provide solutions. Whilst naturally people are generally focused on problems, instead start to focus on solutions. This switch of focus will provide more positive energy in your life and you will start to create greater excitement and motivation. In our business’s we are always looking to see how we can provide a better experience for our clients and customers. We look to see how we can add greater value to people’s lives.
Once you start to look at your daily habits and have fully charged productive days, a momentum will then set in and you will find your focus will shift to a desire to be more effective and have even greater results. You can happily say goodbye to procrastination.