We are one month into the new year, how are your goals coming along? This is the time when people fall off from the high of the new year, goals and resolutions. There could be several reasons, a lack of resources, too many things on your plate, but a main reason is, not getting it done, procrastination.
An anonymous writer once proclaimed “that the greatest stumbling block in the way of most people is not laziness or fear, only an enemy called tomorrow”. Whenever you put off doing something until you think you “have the time,” you are actually wasting valuable time.
Putting off doing something is called procrastination. Procrastination is re enemy of time management. When you procrastinate, it becomes difficult to reach your daily, weekly, monthly, and life goals.
Why do people procrastinate? Some people procrastinate because it gives them an excuse for not succeeding. For example, someone might say, “I didn’t do well on the test because I didn’t have time to study.” The fact is, that person had the time, but did not set aside the necessary amount of studying.
Other people procrastinate because they fear failure or lack confidence. Still others procrastinate because they set their goals too low or worse, they have no goals.
Regardless of the reason, you can begin to overcome procrastination today. How? Live by the motto DO IT NOW. Don’t make excuses about why you can’t accomplish a task. Do your unpleasant or difficult task first. Then, the rest of your time can be spent doing the things you enjoy.
Divide your big projects into smaller action steps. Complete one at a time, and cross off your list. This makes the big projects or goals more manageable and easier to complete.
Do not put off until tomorrow what you can do today.