There are 24 hours in the day. 8 hours is taken by your sleep. Another 8 hours is taken by your work. 2 hours is taken for doing your necessities in the day. 18 hours is gone just like that. However, you have 6 hours to do whatever you please. So how will you use that time?
Procrastination is one of the most ugly diseases there is. When someone tells me they don’t have any time to train and make excuses to why they are overweight, when asked what they did yesterday, it would usually be any of the answers such as “Oh at that time I was watching my favourite show on TV” to “I got caught up on the computer chatting online”.
When someone tells me that they’re failing university because they can’t understand the work, when asked how long they studied for yesterday it’s usually a reply with “Not much, I was on my facebook” or “Just couldn’t be bothered after work so I just watched TV”.
One thing in common with everyone that makes these types of excuses is they always end with “I’ll do it tomorrow”.
Well let me tell you something. THERE IS NO TOMORROW!
You waste one day, it can turn into two. You waste two days it can turn into four. You waste one week you can waste a month. You waste a month you can waste a year. You waste a year you can easily waste your life. 6 hours of free time is what you have today and 6 hours of free time is what you have tomorrow. 12 hours of free time is what you have for the 2 days, and 42 hours is what you have for the week if you were to work everyday. 42 hours is almost two days for you to get out there and train to lose the fat. To study hard and pass your exams. To start up a business that you want part time. To write a book. To do whatever goals you set for yourself to accomplish.
You can’t find time to do what you need to you say? I don’t believe you. You’ll do it tomorrow you say? I doubt you’ll ever do it at all.
How do you deal with procrastination?
How do you jump over the hurdle of being comfortable on the sofa, or goofing around with your friends when you know you have something to do? Simple. Take Nike’s motto and JUST DO IT!
Buy a journal. WRITE stuff down that you need to do every evening for that tomorrow that comes and make it your mission, do or die, that you will accomplish everything you put on your list you set out to do. The act of writing something down with your own hand and not typing out on the computer gives you a better sense of responsibility since it is your hand that has written it on something physical instead of typing it on something virtual.
Write down your most important priorities first. If something is very important to you then that should be the first thing you do for the day. Is checking the weather on your phone important compared to the goal that you need to do? Doubtful. Is playing that game on the console more important than what you want to accomplish? Definitely not. So focus on that goal, do what you need to do then do the rest. If you have work early in the morning then go to sleep early, wake up early, do your goal, then go to work.
Finish your list. Once you have finished your list then it’s time to unwind…That is, if you still have time. When whatever it is you need to get out of the way for the day is done then that’s when you can play your games, watch your TV, or whatever it is you want to do. Do the things you NEED to do first before the things you WANT. Do the things that are PRODUCTIVE first before the things that AREN’T.
Procrastination is the very opposite of taking action. It is what the excuse makers make, and what the talkers talk about. The simple act of taking action and not stopping until all your tasks are done might seem painful at first, but just remember, pain doesn’t hurt.
Tomorrow is a new day. Will you take action? Or will tomorrow just be like any other day? Will there be a tomorrow? Or is there no tomorrow?
Procrastination by Diablo2097