Are you a procrastinator? Procrastination is one of my biggest faults. It’s something I face every single day. I have a laundry list of things to do each day, goals to reach and other things I want to accomplish. However, sometimes I get in my own way.
What Is Procrastination?
First, we’ll define procrastination. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary it is defined as: to be slow or late about doing something that should be done : to delay doing something until a later time because you do not want to do it, because you are lazy, etc.
Let’s pause right here.
While I feel like I am far from lazy, admittedly, my procrastination does ultimately result in laziness. Now that we know exactly what we’re dealing with, I can assure you that I never want to be a part of a noun which has the synonym Lazy. That is far from my mind when I’m giving myself excuses as to whether or not I should mop the floor now or later. Let’s face the facts: if I’m putting off mopping the floor, I’m certainly convincing myself to do something far more convenient thus planting the Lazy Seed.
There is a difference between procrastinating and prioritizing.
However, when that big project keeps getting put off for much smaller projects, you have a procrastination problem.
You don’t overcome procrastination overnight. For me, it is a constant cognizant effort and mental reminder. Although I could run you through my thoughts, it’s safe to assume that I talk myself out of doing things I should, and when I should do them. It’s all about putting things off, making excuses and fabricating sad justifications.
Lately, what I have been working on is putting the bigger projects at the top of my to-do list. I love making lists because it keeps me on task and more productive. You could also write reminders on sticky-notes, on your phone, on your bathroom mirror- Anywhere! The trick is, completing the big stuff first before tackling the smaller items.
At first, it takes a lot of self-discipline to decide you’re going to conquer something that you may even dread doing. Once you’ve made that decision, follow through, and the rest of your day will be a breeze.
Sometimes it’s not always realistic to tackle that mundane chore first thing in the morning, but don’t put it off the second you have a chance. Mark it on your calendar, write it on your fridge, even ask a friend to help you. Sometimes by telling someone else, you are held accountable to them to complete your task.
Procrastination is like a bug or virus. It can spread, and before long, you’ve put off the whole day! Fortunately, I don’t know many other procrastinators quite as bad as I am, but productive days make for a happier you and a happier home.
If this is truly a problem area for you, leave it at the feet of Jesus. The moment I started praying to The Lord about my faults, including procrastination, I could see dramatic changes. There is power in prayer, and there is power in recognizing your weaknesses and allowing God to help.
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