Like it or not, procrastination is something that we all have to deal with at some point in our lives. For some of us procrastination is a minor problem, when we put off cleaning out the garage to do something easier, that’s procrastinating. When we put off asking the boos for a raise, or we put off asking out that woman because we’re afraid we will get turned down, that is also procrastinating.
For other people, procrastination can turn into a major problem that leads to things like depression. Some people have an intense fear of failure, and will do leaps and bounds to avoid it. These people may put off things like a career change into a more enjoyable field, or a move to a better neighborhood because they are afraid that they will fail miserably in their new circumstances.
Another time that procrastination is a serious issue is at times when people avoid things like going to a doctor, or having that surgical procedure because they think it will only make things worse. In the end, avoiding these things is what makes things worse. The good news is, procrastination does not have to be a serious problem. You can take steps to eliminate it from your life.
The first thing you need to do to beat procrastination is identify what is causing you to do it in the first place. We all procrastinate for different reasons. Some of these reasons are physical, we don’t want to take on that tough job because we know it is hard work, and some of these reasons are emotional, like when we put off things like visiting in-laws because we know it makes us feel uncomfortable.
Once we have identified our reasons for procrastination, the next thing to do is to eliminate them. This is often easier said than done, in many cases saying that you want to stop putting things off is not enough. Make a list of the things you want to accomplish, and the steps you need to take in order to accomplish those things. Check them off as you do them, and as you do you will feel better about yourself.
Getting organized and staying organizes is essential if you want to beat procrastination.
It is important to remember that only you can eliminate procrastination in your life. Expecting others to help you is just another form of procrastination, and as such will never solve the original problem. Asking someone for advice is perfectly acceptable, as long as you are the one who puts that advice to good use.
Eliminating procrastination in our lives is a personal battle. The way we look at ourselves often plays a large role in helping us decide which things we will do in life, and which ones we are going to put off. If we can get right with ourselves and who we are, then we have a lot less reason to put things off. A person who loves themselves believes they can get things done, and enjoys the feelings of accomplishment when a task is completed.
That person can be you. Eliminate the negative things in your life like bad work habits, and a messy house. You don’t really need negative people in your life either, whether they are related to you or not. Set boundaries for people who seem like they only want to bring you down. If you don’t they will eventually succeed because misery does love company,. If you do all these things, you will be a long way towards finally eliminating procrastination from your life.