In financial management, it is proven that the longer you wait to begin to invest, the less money you will accumulate because you are losing out on the benefit of compound interest. Every day you wait, you are losing money.
The same is true in business and in life. The longer you put off a task, the more it will cost you. The cost could be monetary, emotional, time or even your reputation. It has been said that true leaders and successful people are those that get things done. They do the things that the average person won't do, or at least won't do right away.
There are many reasons why people procrastinate, among them are:
- Lack of interest
- The results of the task are not owned by individual
- Project / Goal is too large or not feasible
- Poor time management
- Overuse of the word "Yes"
* Laziness is listed here because this is the reason in some cases. However, the root cause is typically tied to one of the other causes listed.
To move forward in spite of theses things:
- Confront your fear - You can not fix what you don't face.
- Create a way to generate interest for the task - consider an incentive for completion or challenge yourself to complete that before you are able to work on anything else.
- Break large goals down in to manageable, feasible chunks.
- Remove distractions and maintain a routine that allocates time for everything that you need to get done and that takes into consideration your energy levels through out the day and matches tasks accordingly.
- Learn how and when to say "No" and remember that No is a complete statement and it is Non-Negotiable.
- Having to tackle clutter before even beginning a task is frustration. Find systems that work for you and help you get things done smoothly.
- Explore your laziness or apathy to determine if it is a physical concern, an emotion one, or an environmental one. Treat the root of the problem.
An excellent resource that can help you to overcome your procrastination woes is the book "Eat That Frog" By Brian Tracy. In this book the author provides 21 tips for getting things done in less time.
Enjoy your frogs!
Create a day of productive momentum!
Keep it moving!
Tiffany L. Lymon