Health & Medical Self-Improvement

Do Away With Procrastination

Procrastination can destroy.
The very sound of the word is quite ominous.
Yet many of us don't even realise that.
Why is it that out of the many millions of us, only relatively few of us seem to have everything in life while the rest of us are caught up in an endless rat-race in pursuit of happiness? One of the most prevalent and quite possibly the most underrated bad habit that most of us have is procrastination.
Most of us are under-achievers just because we never "get round" to doing things.
Are you scared? There are many theories as to why we put things off.
One of the most common reasons is fear.
This is usually the case if what you want to do is something you haven't done before.
Doing something new probably means you have to get out of your comfort zone.
But if that's the case, it's most probably worth the trouble.
Remember that anything you do is an experience.
And you always learn from experience.
So what's the worst that can happen? Just go for it! Do you hate doing it? Another common reason for procrastinating is because the task at hand is not enjoyable.
If you are or were a student who used to always do your assignments at the last minute, it's probably because you weren't looking forward to doing it.
If there is something you have to do, why don't you make it enjoyable? Doing your assignment for example doesn't have to be a bore.
A simple change in attitude can make a massive difference in the way you approach tasks.
If you look upon everything as a chore, it becomes infinitely more difficult to find the motivation to do them.
Try to enjoy whatever it is that you have to do.
This could mean listening to some light music as you do your assignment, or even going to the park to do it.
Planning is necessary, but is not an excuse: An intention does not equate to an action.
Planning is good, but it is a means to an end, and not the end itself.
If you find yourself planning over an extended period of time, either the task at hand is very complex, or you don't really have a plan.
The only plan you may have is to "do it later".
While it is important to have a plan, it is just as important to act before it is too late.
Time doesn't wait for you, so make sure you don't suddenly wake up one morning with grey hair wondering what could have been "if only...
" Make it easy for yourself: If you need to get something done, do away with being overwhelmed by the task at hand.
Set simple short term goals and make it a point to do them no matter what.
Breaking things down and taking on small tasks with resolve goes a long way in forming a habit of getting things done.
Remember, your whole life depends on your actions.
Inaction brings you nothing.

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