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3 Simple Ways to Battle Procrastination

Burning time with procrastination

Our most valuable asset is time. Procrastination is the enemy of time.

To tackle it, we have to take Sun Tzu’s advice; “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer”. So let’s get to know procrastination a little …

1. Noun: Procrastination (pro’krastu’neyshun): To postpone doing what one should be doing.

The simple definition tells us everything. Procrastination isn’t the problem. It’s a symptom of the real problem. We need to understand WHY we postpone doing things we should be doing.

Why We Don’t Do What We Should

  • Connection. We connect with things we understand. When we don’t connect with something, it’s easy to not do it. It’s easy to not know where to start or what direction to take it in.
  • Overload. The fastest way to create indecision is to put too many possibilities on the table. And the fastest way to create inaction is to put too many tasks on a list that can’t be done before the list grows twice as long as it already is.
  • Passion. How many people here think the best part of a great meal is doing the dishes? Raise your hands … that’s what I thought. Most people are not passionate about doing the dishes. It’s just something that needs to be done.

So now we understand procrastination. It’s time to get some things done.

3 Simple Ways to Do What We Need to Do

  1. Just do it. Some things just have to be done. Do the dishes. It’s as simple as that. But the real key is to always keep learning. Connect with the things you have to do and find faster and easier ways to do them.
  2. Just don’t do it. Some things aren’t worth doing. Doing things just for the effort, just to fill every second of your time or feel productive is to sqaunder your most precious asset; time. Conquer your overload by doing the things that really matter. And by not doing the things that don’t.
  3. Just do something else. To do anything without passion should be a crime. Following your passion is the key to success, productivity, happiness and a hundred other things that are good for you, good for business, and good for the world in general. Sometimes it’s best to stop doing what you’re doing now, so you can start doing the things you really should be doing. The things you’re truly passionate about.

There will always be something you have to do that you’d rather postpone. By connecting and understanding how to do more things, by preventing overload, and by doing more things you’re passionate about, there’ll be a lot less of those things.

And a lot less procrastination. 

Some Procrastination Resources

Others, fighting the good fight …

I almost put off writing this post till tomorrow. But you know what. There’s nothing else I’d rather be doing.

Denouement
 

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9 Comments

  1. Thank you for linking to my Lifehack.org article. I hope that it helps you and your readers!
    Love that image! Where do you find your images?

  2. Nicely written post, by the way and cool blog!

  3. Very well said. Procrastination kills the best of intentions, and ruins the best laid plans. The best advice is like you said……..just do it.

  4. Hi Sully,

    Your welcome. I get most of images from istockphoto. Most of earlier ones I illustrated myself, but I don’t have the time to do the kind of quality illustrations that I want on Zoomstart. Istockphoto’s prices are very reasonable, and maybe it’s not an option for some people, but it’s perfect for what I need. And thanks!

    Hey Anthony,

    “Just do it” has always been a mantra and a goal of mine … taken from the Nike school of philosophy, of course :)

  5. Agreed! This summer I’ve tackled procrastination. I made my daily routine a habit so I get the things I need to get done first, then I have my fun!

  6. Hey Gregg,

    You did quite a bit of blogging about all the things you were focused on and getting done earlier this summer. I’ll bet that helped keep you on track.

    Getting stuff done before you have fun can be a really good motivator. Work hard, play harder!

  7. Shane,

    I think another reason people don’t do what they should do is FEAR. Fear of success maybe? It could also be fear of not being a success… The big one for me is fear of rejection!

    Thanks for the inspiration ;)

  8. Hey Maria,

    Fear is a big one. I’d put that under “connection”, because fear happens when we don’t connect or understand something … we see all the bad possibilities and not the good ones.

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