Many among us, on many instances, have the habit of putting aside to a later time or day some things that needs to be done or acted upon like a project, work, job, or duty. For purposes of discussion, we will confine ourselves to procrastination on repair works typically at home. It equates to other circumstances as well.
Procrastination is one habit that is hard to beat. We procrastinate for various reasons:
1. When we think that the work can afford to wait or be delayed.
2. When we are busy with something else that we think is more important.
3. When we do not like the activity involved, or when it is complicated or uncomfortable to do.
4. When we are not sure that after we took action, the work will be efficient.
5. When the tools needed to pursue or complete the job are not yet available or incomplete.
6. When we forget about it.
And many other reasons like laziness, inability to make good decisions, or a combination of the above.
A suitable time management and organizing system is essential to overcome procrastination. Hard to beat as it is, we stand to gain more and virtually loose nothing if we overturn this habit. The most important thing to beat procrastination is to conquer fear of carrying out the task and resolve to actually start doing what you have to do.
Check out these other helpful tips:
1. When we think that a work can afford to be delayed, it can also afford not to be delayed. By having the work done without further delay, we feel a sigh of relief making the load of work on our back lesser or lighter, which eventually makes us feel better.
2. After being busy with something more important and you have time to spare, this spare time can be used to attend to the things on the pending list.
3. Delaying work that is difficult makes the work even more difficult. A leak on the roof may not be harmful if it doesn't rain; but once it rains, water goes into the house resulting in wet floors and carpets and eventually, the extent of damage could be more than can be imagined.
4. When we are not sure if work that needs to be done will be effective, we must seek advice from people who are more knowledgeable on this field. Procrastinating won't help.
5. Delayed work due to incomplete materials will remain delayed unless we fill in the incomplete items. Again, procrastinating won't help.
6. Make a list of all pending work in the house and post it on the refrigerator door to constantly remind us about them.
Bottom line is:
We may feel lazy at times and tend to delay some work that needs our attention. It's understandable that 'starting' to get a job done is the most difficult part, but once you have started, half of the job is already done and the second half will be easy.
Every time you feel like procrastinating, picture yourself as the job that needs to be done - like a prisoner wherein justice being delayed results to justice being denied.
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