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Living in a Country Called Proscrasti-Nation......
About 4 years ago, I embarked on a Pound- sterling denominated project. I had the option of completing it over a few months and I could as well stretch it over a few years if I wanted. For many reasons; excusable and a lot inexcusable, I have been unable to finish as I write. It shouldn't be an issue except for the fact that it is costing me about 75% more in current currency exchange terms because of the prevalent increase in exchange rates.
Who says procrastination is only the thief of time? It is indeed a thief of dreams and according to Victor Klam, procrastination is opportunity’s assassin. As quiet and innocent looking as procrastination may be, it is a destroyer of good things; working behind the scenes to prevent people from achieving their goals.
Many of us have good plans, but sometimes we wonder why things don't turn out in ways we would have loved: One of the people we should consider parting ways with would be Mr P. This easy going, laid back gentleman lurks around always and secretly operates in our lives if permitted.
Wikipedia defines Procrastination as follows:
........the avoidance of doing a task which needs to be accomplished. It is the practice of doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, or carrying out less urgent tasks instead of more urgent ones, thus putting off impending tasks to a later time"
Here are a few Ps that may help break the unwanted courtship with Mr P.
1. Prioritize your financial goals
As good as goals may be, some are more important than the other. Getting a car is fantastic; but what if you are currently having accommodation pressure because you are squatting? It becomes a choice between mobility and peace of mind. Lack of clarity on what you want and what's more important makes you procrastinate.
2. Pamper yourself with rewards for the achievement of goals: we often consider giving rewards to our children, younger siblings, subordinates when they achieve their targets; how about writing out a check to yourself or splurging on a well deserved trip on completion of a goal. You might want to keep your reward plan with a friend who would judge and assess if you indeed perform well.
3. Prepare: Get prepared for all you need to do. The hows, the where, the when. Ambiguity of goals leads to procrastination. Split your goals into sizeable bits and itemize how you intend going about them.Project-plan your goals
4. Pin Bible/ Proverbs verses on procrastination
The book of proverbs is a fantastic source of wisdom any day. Here are a few proverbs that talk about procrastination. Write them out and pin them to your desk, wardrobe, sticky notes in your wallets etc
.....He who follows empty pursuits will have poverty in plenty" (Proverbs 28:19 NASB).
.....Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest. Ecc 11:4
........Proverbs 6:6-8 Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise! Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter.
5. Participate in destiny enhancing activities and be on the move always. An antidote for procrastination is to detest idleness of the mind. Keep reading, start writing, and learn a skill. Check out Coursera.com for free online courses that would widen your knowledge base. Someone once said "...you need to surround yourself with doers".
6. Persevere when things do not seem to be going as planned. Failure in the past usually discourages us from trying again. I can't imagine what Thomas Edison went through emotionally when his invention didn't click until after the 1000th time. Don't pack up your goals and plans, keep trying.
7. Pray on all your endeavors
We can’t overemphasize the importance of prayers in all we do. If something isn't working out yet, pray, when it's working out, pray the more.
Have a procrastination-free 2016.
Sola Shiphrah Adesakin
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