Procrastination is not laziness

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we would always do what we have to do when we have to do it?

I don’t know if you are a procrastinator. I never considered myself one except on a couple of issues I disliked doing so much that I kept putting them aside only to resurface again a few days later.

What are the consequences of this type of bahavior?

  1. You never feel you have done all your work because THIS is still undone.
  2. It might cost you money because you have gone past a deadline or lost an opportunity.
  3. Putting things that need to be done sooner or later off creates frustration and consequently drains you of energy.

What are the consequences if you do it NOW?

  1. Your desk and your life will feel less cluttered.
  2. You will eventually get much more done.
  3. If it is something you really hate to do, you will feel like a winner bursting with energy once it is done!

If you start doing “unpleasant” things as soon as they come in, you will soon see how satisfactory that is and if you are one of those “superhumans” that can keep this up on all issues, you’ve got it made. I am not bluffing because the reason why the people we admire get so much more done than we do is exactly that. They don’t leave stuff until the last moment or even past the last moment. And they focus and prioritize.

When they do one thing, it is the only thing they do. And they will always do the most important first. The Paredo principle says: You get 80 % done in 20 % of your time. The secret is to prioritize on what really moves us towards our goals and do that first before picking up the phone, reading our mails or whatever it is that steals our time so easily.

Very successful people get incredible amounts of work done. Fact is the more we do the more we get done but before we will become really productive we have to learn to set the right priorities and do the things we dislike doing whenever they need to get done.

Procrastination is not laziness. Procrastination is a killer of productivity. It is a choice we take; a decision we make that seems the easy way out at the time but in the long term will cost us dearly.

Look into your life and search for the areas in which you procrastinate. Make a decision NOW to stop at least one area and take one small action step NOW that will help you get out of that corner.

Did it? Congratulations!

Nobody is perfect so don’t expect wonders TODAY but if you take one small step away from your weak areas on a regular basis your results will improve drastically!

Love your life and life will love you!

4 thoughts on “Procrastination is not laziness

  1. What is so funny about studying procrastination? It’s one of the main reasons why people don’t move forward and feel incapacitated. If you think you know more than I do, please be so kind as to share it with us.

  2. Hi, Barbara:
    Loved your post on procrastination. I co-authored a book with Ken Blanchard of the topic, and we discussed similar concepts. I’ll be checking back to your Web site often!

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