this be you?
list of reasons could endless …… but there are
some common reasons why people procrastinate.
Lets look at them:
or improper priorities
– Often people will do tasks that are more interesting,
more convenient or easy to do when they should
be working on what's important not just what's
possible. They are strictly striving to
get it “checked off the ‘to do' list”.
You need to set priorities and stick to them.
of focus – This is
slightly different than the above. This
is where distractions and other work keep you
from staying focused. Stick to one thing
at a time – don't become a “pinball machine” ….
bouncing from one task to the other.
Finish one task at a time. This might require
you to tell yourself to “stop” when you want to
jump to the next thing before finishing the thing
on which you are currently working.
is “All or nothing” thinking
– Sometime getting it “all” done can stall you.
Wait a minute … didn't she just say to
complete a task? Yes, I did …… the smaller
tasks should be completed before moving on to
the next. If, however, you have a HUGE
project you many never get started unless you
break it down into manageable steps. And
it is those individual manageable steps that need
to be focused on (see above).
– Just another word
for Procrastination. If you think you have
to do “it” perfectly you may never get started.
Do “it” the best you can – perfection does
NOT exist. Just “do it” …….. you will be
pleased with accomplishing something!
“To Do” Lists – While
having a “to do” is a powerful tool to
effectiveness …. having several is NOT.
Keep ONE list. And DAILY prioritize what
is on that list so that you get the most important
items accomplished first. The “game “ is
not to get the most items off the “to do” list
it is to get the most IMPORTANT items off the
“to do” list.
of Failing – It is
very important that you identify what you are
fearful of at (yes, I know that is bad use of
the English language …. and you get the point).
Identify your fears ……AND MOVE ON ANYWAY!
Remember, if you don't move you will never
KNOW if you could SUCCEED …….. yes, succeed IS
an option ……… a VERY viable one!
at what you do, and how you do it. Do any
of the above statements make you feel at least
a little uncomfortable? GREAT! Then
you have a place to begin. Now, JUST
GO OUT AND DO IT! And, congratulations
on getting started.