PROCRASTINATION = DEATH
noun: procrastination | “The action of delaying or postponing something.”
Quite dramatic right? Well, it actually is that serious. Our goals and dreams can be killed if we don’t take steps to reach them continuously. The statement of “I will write a book one day!” stays a statement because steps were never taken consistently to make it happen one day. Even if life gives you lemons and limes you still have to keep moving forward!
I remember during my final year of graduate school, I had several projects due and the one assignment I was not excited about I kept putting off and I was wonderfully creative in thinking about 101 excuse for why I had not completed the assignment. Here were the TOP 5:
1. I am too busy!
2. The client rescheduled, I just have not had the time to return the email.
3. Oh my aching back, I will do it next week.
4. I can collaborate with my classmate and get it done faster. I’ll let him know next time I see him.
5. My cat licked my homework. I just don’t know what happened to it!
Okay, so you know excuse number 5 was pushing it! But the truth of the matter was I was going through emotional hell, my family had just endured a horrible tragedy. My 4 month old niece almost murdered by her biological father and was fighting for her life. My family and I spent 2 months at Children’s Hospital praying that she would stay on this earth with us.
There was an harsh reality, even though my world was up side down, everything around me was still moving forward. And the longer I put off doing task that were small or very important, the more I was drained and overwhelmed by my to-do list. All the goals I had set forth in addition to school work were just sitting and I pretty much was quitting. Let’s be dramatic again, the goals were DEAD!
Now what? Here I was with 3 weeks worth of work that needed to be done in 1 week. Why did I wait? I was tired, emotionally spent, overwhelmed, not taking great care of my health and praying for some miracle to happen to make everything okay again. It was that week before my final assignments were due that I had an Aha moment.
“If I am proactive instead of reactive I will have a better chance to be successful. If I ask for help to achieve the goals I have, there is support when I fail and arms to hold me if I fall. If I keep what must be done visible in front of me, I have less of a chance of burying it in the bottom of my drawer, trunk of my car, in purse or on my desk.”
Procrastination becomes a web that a lot of us get caught up in when life tosses us the whole kitchen plus the odd ceramic jar we were gifted during the white elephant gift party last year. And it allows the little things to grown into huge tasks that could have been tackled and defeated one day at a time. Oh and yes, I did get the work done but it was super stressful and the quality of work was not what I wanted to put forth. I graduate from grad school with a 3.8 average, I could have had a 4.0 if I had not procrastinated so often.
However, the lesson was learned and so here is what I am saying. Be a GOAL GETTER NOT GOAL QUITTER! Here are 5 tips I want you to think about.
1. Your very first tip is to avoid PROCRASTINATION AT ALL COST.
2. It is better to do a little bit of something than NOTHING AT ALL.
3. Find your truth teller who will hold you accountable and says “Yes, he dumped you, broke your heart and ran away with a Kardashian but you STILL HAVE TO WAKE UP and look amazing until you feel amazing!
4. Keep a journal either written or verbal that documents all that is going on in your world. What you learn about yourself during these times can give you a better grasp of where you need to grow. .
5. It is okay to give yourself grace but remember you still must DO SOMETHING! Keep it visible in front of you.
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