Let’s first understand the meaning of procrastination –
Procrastination is the act or habit of procrastinating, or putting off to a future time; delay; dilatoriness.
Have you ever wondered why you would put something off to a future time? I too did not have an answer to it until I met a wise man one day. I was reeling under the pressure to succeed in my Internet Marketing business and my career. I had no clue why I failed and was never able to taste success. I was frustrated.
As I sat over a cup of coffee with this wise-man, I poured my heart out to him as he listened patiently. After I had finished, he asked me, “Have you ever wondered why you procrastinate?”
I had no answer to his question. He slowly started to explain. “You are a victim of procrastination and you keep putting things off until later which results in the loss of important hours and minutes, finally leading to failures,” he said. I felt he was right.
When you procrastinate, you put off things until the future and you do this for less important things…like sleeping. This means that what is more important for you is sleep and not the work that you had put off. This means that you procrastinate because something that you are putting off carries less value to you than what you put it off for.
Getting rid of Procrastination
The only thing that stands between you and your success is procrastination. Knowledge can be acquired and if you are reading this article right now, it means that you already have the knowledge. Even implementation is not difficult but you need to get out of your procrastinating mode in order to do that.
How will you get rid of procrastination?
That wise man gave me two simple tips to do it. Let me share them with you.
Brand yourself with what is important
Prioritization is the most important of all. You should identify and agree to what is more important to you – a better education for your kids, catching a nice afternoon nap, freedom from the 9-5 treadmill, a daily television soap, a nice 4 bedroom mansion, or a party at your friend’s lakeside villa.
Decide what is more important to you. Then write it down on a sheet of drawing paper and stick a picture of your dream on it and put a date by which you wish to achieve it and stick it at your workstation. You may want to set a wallpaper on your laptop if you prefer that. Whichever mode you take, just ensure that your priority is right in front of you…always. Whenever you feel like putting off what you are doing to a later date just look at this sheet and ask yourself this question: What is more important?
What you visualize of the result of an activity is often much different than what it turns out to be – it is much more beautiful.
We experience this in our common lives. We often decide to re-arrange our bedrooms and visualize how our bed would look in the other corner or if it would fit the other corner. You look at the size of the bed and the space available and the space seems much smaller to accommodate your bed. But when you actually shift the bed you find that the space is much more that what it appeared to be. Have you experienced such a situation?
This is the phenomenon of “Shrunk visualization”. This is exactly what happend when we start to work on something. We visualize the activitied involved and the results and often feel that the results of what we are about to do is not as much rewarding as the efforts involved. Consequently we keep putting off the activity to a later date – We procrastinate.
Shed your visualizations. Start working without visualizing the results. Every step that you complete will encourage you to carry on and finish off what you have started and SUCCEED.
These two simple tips mentioned above, if followed judiciously can help you get rid of Procrastination and help you achieve success in anything that you do.