For many people, procrastination is a way of life. While it is difficult to pinpoint just why people may procrastinate, but there is not doubt the havoc it can wreak on goals and dreams. When people procrastinate, they are often putting off something that will most certainly benefit them, but for some reason they expend more energy putting off the task than what they would need to actually do it. This is not only a bad habit, but also a tough habit to break and it is one of the primary reasons that many people never achieve their dreams.
Procrastination is an easy way of delaying goals and dreams for a later time. They may be goals and dreams that you would like to see come to fruition, but something is holding you back. Perhaps you harbor an unconscious fear of failure or fear of change that can be even stronger than you r desire for success. However, if you want success and you want it badly enough, you must face your fears and make to decision to start, whether immediately or at a designated time, and begin doing the things that you have been putting off all this time.
The quickest way to get started is to follow these steps:
* Make a list of the things that you need to do but have been putting off. You may even have a “to do” list already drafted.
* Find a quiet place where you will not be interrupted for about 20 minutes. Review each item on your list and record your reason or excuse for not completing that task. List legitimate-sounding reasons as well as the really lame ones. Don’t worry about how it will be resolved, just write. Be honest.
* Review your list and write down any benefits that you may enjoy as a direct result of the procrastination. Look deep, you are obviously receiving some type of benefit from the procrastination, or you would not do it.
* Now question the validity of those benefits. Is it really all that great? Do those reasons really make all that much sense?
* Make a plan that you can and will stick to and no longer put off. This is the time to make a “to do” list that you will actually do. Make a list of things that you will do to make your dreams a reality, then prioritize them, putting them in the order that you will do them.
* Give each task an estimated date for completion. This date may be flexible or fluid since as your situation changes, your needs may change and the completion dates may shift up or back.
Procrastination can wreck your plans to make your dreams come true. As you take steps to stop procrastinating, understand you will need discipline to make it happen – and to make it stick. If you have been spinning your wheels and are stuck in a rut due to procrastination, maybe it is time to put your nose to the grindstone and make some serious changes in your life. The only way to make your dreams come true is to take action, so get going!