man's inherent weaknesses,
procrastination has done more to slow the
progress of society than any other. We
all procrastinate in one form or fashion.
Lingering over the Sunday newspaper
instead of fixing a leaking kitchen
faucet, is procrastination. Watching your
car's gas gauge eke toward
"empty," figuring you can make
it another day before running dry by the
side of the road, is procrastination.
Simply saying, "I'll get around to
it." is procrastination. In
business, essential qualities such as
determination and persistence must
prevail over procrastination if the
business is to succeed. But why do we
procrastinate? Why not "just do
it?". Here, in no specific order,
are some reasons why we just can't seem
to get things done, and suggestions for
Fully understanding the task
ahead of you will eliminate the confusion
that keeps you from getting started. Lack
of understanding brings fear of failure.
If you understand the task, and what
needs to be done to complete it, you can
better meet the challenge without fearing
Plan your work and work your plan! Lack
of planning leads to the procrastination
trap Make your plan specific. How will
you accomplish this task? What is the
best way to go about doing it? Develop a
plan to start the project, then to refine
it, then to finish it? What is the
deadline? Can you realistically meet it?
What will happen if you don't? What will
happen if you do?
What does the task entail? What is the
objective? Why are you doing it? Instead
of attacking the entire task at once,
divide it up into manageable pieces and
analyze the pieces. How does one fit into
the other? How does each piece make up
One of the best ways to
establish priorities is to arrange tasks
into three categories: Imperative,
Important. and Not Very Important. Tackle
the Imperative stuff first and don't move
on to another category until it's all
done. Then start on the Important tasks
and don't stop until those are done. By
the time you get to the Not Very
Important stack you might find that you
don't even need to handle it anymore.
Make a commitment to someone you
trust and respect. such as a spouse,
friend or boss. Making a commitment to
someone else motivates you to accept
responsibility and achieve targets.
It's easy to procrastinate if
you're depressed or feeling sorry for
yourself. Build yourself up, reassure
yourself of your strengths and capitalize
on them. You'll get more done when you
believe you can do it.
Psychological and physical fatigue have
the same effect--both will sap your will.
Your mind and body need to be rested and
sharp to meet the challenges of the day.
Spend some quiet time each day to relax
and appreciate the things around you.
Study something you're interested in to
learn something new each day. Achieve a
target you have written down. Perform
simple exercises by walking or jogging.
And get plenty of rest at night
A task can be more easily tackled if you
visualize it completed. Your ability to
hit the target is limited only by your
imagination-- how effectively you
visualize hitting that target. So, when
it comes to visualizing the completion of
a project: sea it, hear it, touch it,
smell it, taste it. The Law of
Expanded Time says that "work
will fill the time available to complete
it." By making less time available
to complete a task, you will spend less
time completing it. Plan your work, work
your plan. Just do it!
"To put off doing something
until later "- Websters New
to stop putting things off,
starting tomorrow!"- Sam