“Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging of an uncompleted task” (William James). “One of these days is none of these days.” (English Proverb) To overcome procrastination: DO IT NOW! Nothing is going to be, unless we DO.
What is your next action? If you ask yourself this question you are already on the road to action, to get the task done. It takes for granted that there is a possibility of change and that you are able to do something to make it happen. You can also ask yourself, “Is what I am doing now the best utilisation of my time? Is my action a contribution to a better life for myself and others, or am I using my time wrongly and moving in the wrong direction?”
Some people are good at starting tings, – and then they never finish them. I have met quite a few people with that habit. You can stop that habit by replacing it with the habit of always finishing a job. I still hear one of my students talking about one of his friend who was very successful that this person always had five goals written on a piece of paper. He would never move on to goal number two before he had finished goal number one.
The reason why so many do not get things done, is because they feel the task is too big to start right now. – “Better wait until I have more time on my hand!” The best way to overcome this very first obstacle will be to divide the task into small, nice jobs and enjoy the pleasure of giving each step a tick when finished. If we work just 5 minutes on a task, then many times 5 minutes will finally result in having finished the job.
How to make sure that I get started? End of the day (or very first thing in the morning) you perform these steps:
1. Write down the task that you want to do the next day.
2. Time the job by adding when to start and when to finish.
When you add timing AND follow it, there is no excuse from fiddling around performing easy tasks. It is also significant that you finish as planned. You may then find out that the task could not be done within the time you thought it could be finished. You then put it on the list for the following day (or give it more time if it is dead important).
When you follow your results all the time, and enjoy ticking the job you have finished, you get a very good feeling for how long time you spent on different tasks.
“A good plan violently executed right now is far better than a perfect plan executed next week.” (General George Patton)
“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” (Vidal Sassoon).
Enjoy getting things done.