Procrastination can become a debilitating habit and must be avoided. At the low end, your procrastination may seem like a simple inconvenience to those you affect. You”ll get it done–just not right now.b2ez The problem is that procrastination is a breach of a commitment to act–a breach of trust. At the high end, procrastination could have a truly damaging effect. How many have put off a colonoscopy or even a dental checkup only to face greater difficulties as a result?
Abraham Lincoln said it well: “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”
Procrastination reduces trust and undermines character.
Theodore Roosevelt said, “In a moment of decision the best thing to do is the right thing to do. The worst thing you can do is nothing.”
So what do you do when confronted with your own procrastination? Lee Iacocca had a great answer: “Anything, Something. So long as we just don’t sit there. If we screw up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we’ve satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.”
Olin Miller said, “If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.”
To truly overcome procrastination, the first step is to understand the vision–begin by seeing yourself doing the job right, and right now.
Go out there and make BIG things happen, now.
4 thoughts on “Procrastination”
I really liked this post. I need to stop procrastinating and just get stuff done.
I agree here. The thing with procrastination is it snowballs. When you procrastinate todays projects to tomorrow, then you start procrastinating tomorrows to the next day, and before long you are so backed up its nearly impossible to get back on track.
I love this post! I’ve learned that procrastination is the difference between being proactive or being reactive. Procrastination snowballs, just like Russ said above, and before you know it you are buried. Once buried all you can do is react and try to keep up with the growing problems you’ve created.
I’ve found that the easiest way to conquer procrastination is to simply plan my day, week, and month. It helps me stay on task and get through those things that I don’t necessarily like doing. By writing it down I almost force myself to do it.