From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia psychology, procrastination refers to the act of replacing high-priority actions with tasks of low-priority and thus putting off important tasks to a later time.
It is basically, putting off, or delaying, or canceling ‘the taking of action’.
The reasons underlying this inaction can be narrowed down to,
Some people will mask procrastination with doing another task by putting off the one with fear or uninterest, and keep their mind happy with the fact that they are too busy now. Sound like you?
It was my case for many years until I was pointed in the right direction. I was very lucky, 20 years ago (Before the Internet) out of desperation I signed up for a course of Personal Development which in those days came with a series of Cassette Tapes.
I was very wary of the contents and thought well “I’ve been ripped off here”
At the time I had two small children and my wife and I owned a house with four acres just out of the city and because of some unwise investments lost a lot of money and ended up with a huge Mortgage…How I hate that word mortgage.
I put what was taught to me in action and in ten years I gained back three times what I lost and I retired from business and now I just work from home.
My ‘mind motto’ for want of a better description these days is
“Do it Now, then its Done” or also I sometimes tell myself
“Just do it with Integrity”
Can Procrastination be cured?
The experts seem to agree that it’s a Habit, that with training can be totally cured and the excuses generated for not doing this or that are used time and time again.
Let’s find out why we never get to the Gym.
Does this sound like you?
You went down to the local Gym after your yearly checkup with the Doctor and walked through the door to see through the Reception window, loads of other overweight people, walking fast on machines and some even running.
You weren’t put off though you took the VIP Monthly deal at $34.95 and at the advice of the pretty receptionist went straight down to the Mall and purchased new Running shoes or Cross Trainers or whatever they call them at the moment.
The next morning you turned the alarm off at 5.30 and got in the car and went to the GYM. You were met by staff who gave you your checklist and left you to it.
The next morning you shut the alarm off and went back to sleep….
Uninterest or Fear?
Hard to say on this one, so how can we overcome this problem.
Search the mind, and ask yourself exactly why you don’t go to the GYM.
There are answers like; It’s dark at that hour in the morning, The cars nearly out of Gas, I’m too lazy, I don’t have enough time, I don’t have any discipline, I’ll have more time next week…. And so on and so forth.
I do not think that there is a sure fire cure here, maybe the shrinks have one and we all know how much that will cost.
I have a method that all people studying Personal Development use, and it’s not hard.
Setting Goals reduces PROCRASTINATION by underlying the need to do something so that Goals are achieved.
I’m writing this article or Blog or whatever you want to call it because I have set goals I want to achieve, and those goals give me the fuel or impetus to overcome PROCRASTINATION.
Goals are hard to set BUT, If you set 3 types of goals as follows Short, Medium, Long. I won’t go into this too much at the moment because I am writing an article tomorrow on Goal setting, so if you want to get an idea of what I’m on about please subscribe to my Newsletter