At some point in our lives, we’ve all experienced the procrastination phenomenon. There are those things that you should be doing, and you end up doing a million other things, being subject to the abundant level of distractions that are always there to occupy you.
If this sounds familiar, you’ll know that procrastination is a huge challenge to overcome. Unless the problem is addressed quickly, a person can be locked up for years in the procrastination loop, and all the time is gone before you know it. Here are three ways to overcome the procrastination problem…
1. Let go of Your Fear of Failure
It is, above all, the biggest reason you procrastinate. The task you intend to do is not done yet. You fear you may mess it up, and hence you keep waiting for the perfect time, and postpone whatever you need to do because of X, Y and Z reasons. These reasons will always be there to deter you, and there will never be that perfectly perfect time that everything falls into place. Ignore your fear and go out there and do it. You may fail, but hey, it is a heck of a lot better than doing nothing.
2. Write Down Your Goals and Tasks Clearly
There is nothing as powerful as the written word. Write down your long-term goals, and break it down into small tasks that you can start working on immediately in the short term. Having a diary that you read and write in every day is one of the best decisions you can make. On a side note, did you know that writing with a pen and paper instead of just typing improves your nervous system!
3. Realize That You are Going to Die One Day
Death is something that happens to everyone. No one can escape it. You have limited time to left to achieve all that you have ever dreamed of achieving. If you don’t start working on your goals, you may find one day there’s not much of life left. But of course, although this sounds like a movie with a very sad ending, there is no reason to dread this possibility. All I’m asking you to do is realize that one day you will have to stop living. Once you fully realize and appreciate the possibility of death, procrastination is no longer an external entity that pulls you away. It is simply a choice that is yours to make.