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Procrastination- the Thief of Time




About 11 years ago I got my first smartphone.  I was excited to get it because it would give me instant access to all my emails, a camera, and social media.  Never did I realize, how it would transform my life and become my #1 time waster.

 

Today I want to dive into a topic that I believe we all struggle with.  Procrastination and the things that steal our time away.  I could make a long list starting with the apps on our phones, Netflix, the latest video game and many more. But the most important thing you can do is agree- you and I are prone to procrastinate.

 

Procrastination is a silent killer of dreams, a thief that robs us of our most precious resource—time. It's the art of delaying tasks until the last possible moment, often accompanied by feelings of guilt, stress, and inadequacy. Despite knowing what it can do to us, and the effects it can have on our day, many of us fall victim to its attraction, putting off important responsibilities in favor of temporarily indulging in a more interesting activity.

 

Let's take a minute to understand what procrastination does to our perception of life. At its core, procrastination is rooted in our innate desire for instant gratification and stops the discomfort of life. When faced with a daunting task, our brain seeks immediate pleasure leading us to engage in activities that offer temporary relief, such as mindlessly scrolling through social media or binge-watching TV shows. This escape from reality provides momentary satisfaction but ultimately our feelings of anxiety and self-doubt become bigger as deadlines approach faster. Unfortunately, procrastination becomes a "thorn in our side" and keeps us from being productive.

 

One aspect of procrastination is the illusion of productivity. You convince yourselves that you work best under pressure, justifying your delay tactics by claiming that you thrive in the adrenaline-fueled rush of last-minute deadlines. While it's true that some individuals may perform adequately under pressure, this approach comes at a significant cost to our mental well-being and overall productivity. The stress and anxiety induced by procrastination not only impair cognitive function but also hinder creativity and innovation, ultimately compromising the quality of our work.

 

I want to encourage you, there is a way you can break free from the procrastination trap.  It takes a concerted effort to rewire our habits and mindset. But if you are willing to become aware of where you are slipping on the procrastination slope, change will begin to happen.

 

Here are some strategies to help break free from the procrastination trap:

 

  1. Set Clear Goals: Establishing specific, achievable goals provides clarity and direction, making it easier to prioritize tasks and stay focused. Find someone else to hold you accountable to make sure the goals are being met.

  2. Break Tasks into Manageable Steps: Dividing daunting tasks into smaller, more manageable chunks helps alleviate overwhelm and increases the likelihood of progress.

  3. Utilize Time Management Techniques: Work in short bursts with regular breaks, can help maintain focus and productivity.

  4. Combat Perfectionism: Perfectionism often fuels procrastination, as the fear of failure paralyzes us into inaction. Embrace the concept of "good enough" and recognize that imperfection is a natural part of the learning process.

  5. Cultivate Self-Compassion: Be kind to yourself and acknowledge that occasional setbacks are inevitable. Instead of dwelling on past mistakes, focus on learning from them and moving forward.  

  6. Create Accountability: Share your goals with a friend, mentor, or colleague who can provide support and hold you accountable for your actions.

 

When you begin to identify where you are procrastinating, then you will begin to see a change in your thought pattern and behavior.

 

Procrastination will threaten to sabotage your ambitions and aspirations. By understanding its underlying causes and implementing strategies to overcome them, you can reclaim control of your time and unleash your full potential.

 

Remember, the journey to productivity is not without its challenges, but the rewards of disciplined action far outweigh the fleeting comforts of procrastination. As the saying goes, "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." So, let's seize the moment to banish procrastination and see a transformation in your life.

 

If you have a way that you have been able to combat procrastination, write it in the comments below.


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