Hello it’s Khato again and today we will discuss such an important issue as a Procrastination. Procrastination is a trap that many of us fall into. We can say that it is one of the main barriers blocking you from getting up, making the right decisions and living the dream life you’ve thought of.
Recent studies have shown that people regret more the things they haven’t done than the things they have done. In addition, feelings of regret and guilt resulting from missed opportunities tend to stay with people much longer.
Sometimes all our opportunities seem to be on our fingertips, but we can’t seem to reach them. When you procrastinate, you waste time that you could be investing in something meaningful. If you can overcome this fierce enemy, you will be able to accomplish more and in doing so better utilize the potential that life has to offer.
So what is Procrastination? Can we say that Procrastination is the Same as Being Lazy? Is it relaxation? And what’s more important, How can we overcome Procrastination?
Let’s start from the definition to make it more clear. Pro-crastinus from latin means belonging to tomorrow and Procrastination means putting things off intentionally or habitually.
Procrastination is often confused with laziness, but they are very different. Procrastination is an active process – you choose to do something else instead of the task that you know you should be doing. In contrast, laziness suggests apathy, inactivity and an unwillingness to act.
Lazy people, simply don’t do anything and are just fine with it. Procrastinators, on the other hand, have the desire to actually do something but can’t force themselves to start. Procrastination usually involves ignoring an unpleasant, but likely more important task, in favor of one that is more enjoyable or easier.
Also, don’t confuse procrastination with relaxation either. Relaxing recharges you with energy. In stark contrast, procrastination drain it from you. The less energy you have, the more stressed or even depressed you might have become and the higher the chances of you putting off your responsibilities are.
As with most habits, it is possible to overcome procrastination. But we need to remember that any book, article or video can give you tools, but it is up to you to actually use them.
So, what tools can help you stop procrastinating?
- Personal vision
The personal vision is one of the core tools, it helps you understand your skills and priorities, and by creating one, you will never feel lost in what is it that you want to do with your life. Understand what motivates you, and you will be able to maintain your discipline and make the most out of each day.
- To-Do Today
Long to-do lists tend to pile on, and this leads to procrastination. Seeing the long list of tasks can frustrate us so much that we have tendencies to give up on them completely. The To-Do Today method is there to help you get the most important and urgent tasks done every day, while also helping you prioritize the work on your schedule and limit new tasks. With it’s help, you will be able to manage much more in a day, with less stress and tiredness.
- Habit list
Learning new habits is one of the basic elements of personal development. The Habit-list is based on scientific research about proper planning, learning habits, and its tracking, which then motivates us even further.
- Meeting with myself
This tool will help to guide you through your own “Meeting With Yourself” a time allocated just for you! During your meetings, you can focus on long-term planning and the overall retrospective of your personal growth. It is designed to make you ask yourself how far you have moved forward recently. To consider which direction you would like to head in life and to think about what you can improve even further.
To sum up we can use the words of the Greek philosopher Seneca – “While we waste our time hesitating and postponing, life is slipping away.” and quote of the third president of the United States Thomas Jefferson -“Don’t put off till tomorrow what you can do today”. This old sayings really hits the nail on the head.