“Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” ~Benjamin Franklin~
I don’t think I could’ve said it better because procrastination is a serious dream killer and I didn’t realize that until a couple years ago. Procrastination by definition is the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time, sometimes to the “last minute” before the deadline.
A lot of us struggle with procrastination for a lot of different things, whether it’s weight loss, a “to-do” list, going to school, etc., not realizing how much it is putting a damper on our dreams.
When I was growing up, I had a lot of different dreams and things that I wanted to do, but procrastination slowly killed them. I would always do it tomorrow or start tomorrow, but tomorrow never came and for some things has yet to come. I have learned that procrastination is a silent dream killer and since then have been working on doing things exactly when I say I’m going to do them because otherwise they won’t get done.
Case in point… Yesterday, I was getting ready to do my Black Girls Workout 2 video, but all of a sudden, I got hungry and I mean STARVING. I knew even though I was hungry that if I didn’t do it right then, I wouldn’t do it later. Normally, I’m a person who loves to workout in the morning just to get it out the way in case I don’t feel like doing it later. If I have it in my mind I’m gone workout in the morning, I have to otherwise I’ll miss a day of working out and I honestly can’t afford to.
Another thing is the fact that I have been talking about getting my real estate license for the past few years. Not even just a few, we’re talking about six or seven. I have actually already taken the real estate course and passed it and still have yet to take my state exam and actually get my license. Real estate is a not only a dream, but a passion of mine, so why haven’t I gotten my license yet? PROCRASTINATION. I’ve also been talking about writing a book for the past couple years and have yet to finish the outline. I have recently started on topics, but it’s like when am I gone truly get it done. I have been told it’s a great idea by my sisters and that I should get started so I’m going to be working much harder on it because I want to have it published really soon.
I have been working on this a lot lately because I realized that I had/have a serious problem with procrastinating and have for quite some time. Putting something off doesn’t help us it hinders us and many of us don’t even get around to doing it if we don’t do it right then. The thing is, the time is going to pass by anyway so why not go ahead and do it now. Sometimes it’s money that hinders us, has been my case a lot, but with so much technology and so many resources and free ways of doing things, you can’t even use money as an excuse anymore. We have to just do it like Nike.
Here are a few ways I have been working on curing myself of the procrastination disease:
- Admit I (you) have a problem: Procrastination is a serious problem and like I said a dream killer. Putting things off makes you lazy and creates a fear of failure
- Just do it: When I get in my mind I want to do something, I just do it. I don’t think about it too much or give myself time to talk myself out of it, I just do it right then and there.
- Set goals and deadlines: I make a list of things I want to do and/or accomplish. I revisit that list regularly to ensure that I am on track with completing my goals and by the deadline. I also make my accountability partner, who happens to be my sister, know what I have planned so they can check in on me from time to time to keep myself on track.
- Fix your time management problem: One of the main things I realized caused procrastination for me is the fact I have terrible time management skills. I have learned to make my “to-do” list based on priority and get a start on it early in order to finish.
- Change your thinking and change your life: I also have learned that my thought process has a lot to do with it. If I think I can’t get it done or have a fear of doing something, more than likely I won’t do it. Your thoughts really control a lot of your life situations and you don’t even know it.
Next thing we’ll chat about is CONSISTENCY!!! Stay tuned for the next post!