Once upon a time …
Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down and broke his crown,
And Jill came tumbling after
And the moral of the story is … if only Jack had went up to fetch the pail last night when his friends were over to help out he wouldn’t have needed Jill to come with him the next day … probably would have had the support needed and wouldn’t have fallen … and Jill wouldn’t have tried to help out and end of falling down with him.
v.pro·cras·ti·nat·ed, pro·cras·ti·nat·ing, pro·cras·ti·nates
v.intr. To put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness.
v.tr. To postpone or delay needlessly.
Are you the type of person who likes to put things off and delay what you really have to do? Basically, are you guilty of procrastination? Not sure if you are, here is a link to a neat quiz I found on-line that can help you determine just how much of a procrastinator you really are. But you have to answer honestly and truthfully or the quiz wont work. Discovery Health Quiz.
On the surface, procrastination can seem like a good way of making life just a tad bit more enjoyable just by simply delaying some of your unpleasant responsibilities. However, it almost always inevitably backfires to make things even more difficult and stressful. It isn’t often that you find an individual that escapes the dark hand of procrastination. Many people struggle for years to stop it in order to achieve academic success, fulfilling relationships, or a clean house.
So how do we break this habit? What are some ways of dealing with procrastination and achieving our goals?
Stay Focused: You see, the more focused we are on our goals and the positive results, and the better rewards will be when we achieve them, the more likely we will be dedicated to getting the job done. You have to have a clear vision as to what you’re trying to accomplish. Develop a solid strategy for achieving that vision then utilize only practical systems. Don’t try to accomplish your goal using means that are out of your reach or you don’t have to resources for.
Know Yourself: You have to have a handle on what you do that keeps you from getting your needs met. Know your limitations, distractions and short comings and grow from them, don’t let them hold you down. Perhaps the goals you have set for yourself are not realistic. Knowing your limits will better help you determine if you need to adjust your goal or the time in which to achieve it. On the other hand, you also want to challenge and push yourself to reach higher levels. So don’t cut yourself short and miss out on a growth opportunity.
Remain Positive:People often try to avoid what they do not want to do. We unconsciously do things to avoid pain and move toward pleasure. If you have allowed other demands to take priority over the goals you have set, it is likely you are more focused on the pain and struggle you experience working for the goal then the goal itself. It can be hard to see the end when you are still struggling in the middle, but if you keep a happy heart, visualize the complete project and remind yourself that you can do it it will become easier.
Just Do It: Stop waiting. When it comes to your mind, just do it right there and then. Get it over with.
The two rules of procrastination: 1) Do it today. 2) Tomorrow will be today tomorrow. ~Author Unknown
I think it is ironic that this blog post has taken me the longest to finish since I started writing A Mom’s Fresh Start.