verb pro·cras·ti·nate \prə-ˈkras-tə-ˌnāt, prō-\
: 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.
Oop! 😱When did Merriam-Webster start serving such reads?! That definition has me thinking I typed “Urban dictionary” instead of “Merriam-Webster”. It is often said that the truth hurts and that definition spared no feelings.
In my opinion, procrastination is not a behavior reserved for lazy people. I do, however, think that we suffer from the ILLUSION that we have more time than we really do.
Procrastination is often indicated by a bogged down, anxiety ridden, thought filled mind. It can also be detected when the owner of a cell phone feels a tinge of carpel tunnel in their thumb after scrolling 3 hours on the gossip blogs. There you will surely find a phone on 3%.
Procrastination has been habituated as a part of our culture. All of us suffer from the permeating and debilitating arms of procrastination. Don’t believe me?
So your phone is on 3% do you …
A. Exit out of unused apps
B. Turn the brightness down on your phone
C. Let the phone get to 1% and continue scrolling
Wait! Don’t answer that! Back to the definition…
Procrastinate – : to be slow or late about doing something that should be done
According to this definition we are doing the things we MUST do like going to work, taking a shower daily, and eating. But what about the things we should do? Like going to the gym, making direct deposits from each check to our 401k ( WE WILL NOT HAVE SOCIAL SECURITY. PLEASE START DOING THIS), or making steps towards our entrepreneurial goals.
And the list goes on….
These are things we should do. These are things that are essential to making us feel at ease and accomplished. These are things as important as the tasks we MUST do. We all have a huge purpose for being on this Earth. We can’t let the habit of procrastination rob us of the time to do the things that make us feel alive.
Listed below are 5 simple and easy to incorporate tips to go from procrastination to productivity…
1. Each night, make a to do list for the next day.
2. Each morning, give thanks. Review it. Then do it.
3. If a task takes less than. 10 minutes and you are free. DO IT IMMEDIATELY.
4. Set your alarm 1 hour earlier. Use the time to work towards your future.
Do the math: 365 days in a year x 1 hour a day= 365 hours = 15 days
You have just added 2 weeks to your personal development😱
5. Always keep in mind. Life is too short to waste.
I am not trying to be a Debbie Downer or jump down your throat to tell you that you are doing things wrong, wrong, wrong. You’re not, you are trying your best. I am simply saying we are all susceptible to falling short of our mark and that is okay. We all get off the beaten path sometimes but WE have to be responsible for our lives and redirect our course to complete our mission. Much like the phone on 3% given no action it will die. Whatever your mission, purpose, or dream, it will never come to pass if you keep saying tomorrow I will run. Tomorrow I will read. Tomorrow I will pray. Tomorrow may never come.
Don’t forget about today. ❤️
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