Procrastination, a Matter of Decision

If you procrastinate on your important tasks, you’re in trouble. Hard to swallow, but it’s the truth. You can allow a little procrastination here and there. But if you make it your habit to procrastinate on your important tasks, you’ll accomplish far less than you can and desire.

If you have big goals,  you can’t afford to procrastinate; when you procrastinate, you delay the accomplishment of your goal.

When you think about it, a goal is a series of actions that, when taken, lead to your desired outcome. The key word here is “action.”  You take step 1, then step 2, then 3, etc., until you reach the finish line. The faster you go through the various steps, the faster you reach your destination. Procrastination defers you reaching some of these steps.

The first step to overcome procrastination is to become aware that you’re procrastinating and recognize that it’s an issue. If you procrastinate, but you don’t realize that it’s what you’re doing, then you can’t fight that tendency. When you become aware of your tendency to procrastinate on your important tasks and activities, you can take measures to overcome it.

A good part of overcoming procrastination is getting you to take action when you must. It’s not more complicated than that. However, that doesn’t mean it’s easy. The forces of procrastination can be strong. There are so many distractions and other “interesting” things to do that overcoming procrastination can be quite a challenge.

However, procrastination isn’t invincible. You can beat it.

One of the ways to beat procrastination is to catch yourself in the act. When exposed, procrastination loses a lot of its power. When you catch yourself procrastinating, you can decide to fight back by taking action on your important activity.

In fact, procrastination or action, it’s just a matter of decision. You decide to procrastinate or to act. The good thing is that, if you choose to act, you usually will continue to act.

Therefore, a good strategy is to take baby steps in the right direction, knowing that if you can break inertia and begin to move forward, you’re likely to keep moving.

Open your eyes and be on the look at for the times when you procrastinate and begin to make a different decision.

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.