Procrastination is one of the most common reasons why goals are not achieved. One of the reasons that this post was delayed was because I procrastinated. I am good at multitasking but of course there is a limit to how much one can multitask. Ideally 2-3 tasks are manageable. Somehow I cannot stop at 3 :(. There are so many things going on in my mind at one time. There are so many things I want to learn, which are time consuming. Eg. I design websites but I also want to learn the development side because it will only help me in my web design. I want to concentrate on my health so I want to make time for exercise. I want to spend time with my wife, my family because that is the most important part of my life.
I am not successful at making time for everything but I try to prioritize and plan things as best as I can so that I do things that I enjoy doing. In the middle of all this I may lose sight of some but I follow my heart.
Ultimately if my mind and heart are set on something I know that sooner or later I will come back..
Just like I did with this series of attitude.. :)
When I think about why I procrastinate there are quite a few reasons.. or excuses.. well however you want to call it. Either I am just plain lazy… or may be I am not feeling like accomplishing anything.. we all tend to have those moments or sometimes days ;).. or sometimes there are just so many things that I don’t know where to start. No matter what there are certain tasks or chores that need to be done irrespective of how I feel. What I have observed is I have a list of tasks that need to be completed. Some require immediate action whereas some can wait. Instead of focusing on a subset I try to remember everything.. even before I have complete one thing I start thinking about the next :$ and then I tend to lose track of what I was doing… this is lack of concentration.
Procrastination will block you from achieving your goals and doing things that you love doing.
To bring around a small change I have implemented couple of changes. First I make a list of tasks, which I keep on my phone.. :) there is a reason why it’s called smart phone haha.. then I remember the first three tasks. I pick the first one and make sure it is done before I move to the next. Now, that procrastinator inside me kicks in occasionally. I have to feed him too and keep him happy so that he doesn’t get mad at me. For that purpose I have implemented a 48-hours rule on myself.. I can only procrastinate on a task for 48-hours. I HAVE to get my task done within that time frame or else I go on a self cursing spree and remind my self what a BIG loser I am..
I have been honestly practicing this technique for last month and I already see the results. I don’ sweat on things piling up to the last moment, I don’t have a huge to-do list, and I actually feel like I have done something. Now don’t get me wrong.. this is not just for daily chores but I use it to do things that I love doing.. which, in the end, makes me :) :)
I am sure there are more than one ways to skin a cat.. would love to hear how you avoid procrastinating or overcoming it.
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Other posts in this series:
- Change Your Attitude, Change Your Life
- Let Fear Be Your Friend
- How To Achieve Your Goal In 15 Minutes
- I Am Great, I Am Awesome