One day a gentleman visited his good friend who owned a busy advertising company. It had been months since he visited his friend's office.
Gentleman visitor: "Say, what happened to all those "THINK" signs you used to have pinned up all over the walls?"
Owner friend: "I had to take all of them down. Everyone sat around thinking all day long. Nothing ever got done!"
Thinking before doing is good. But when all you do is think about doing something, it's called procrastination. It's one of the many dysfunctions that almost everyone experiences. For some, it's an occasional problem. For many, it's a chronic and nagging obstacle that prevents personal and group productivity.
If you are a procrastinator, you may be feeling:
Procrastinators are everywhere. I procrastinate and you probably do, too. Even people we think are the coolest, smartest, most productive people out there, almost certainly procrastinate; maybe not too much or very often, but they do. It’s so prevalent, in fact, that there are dozens of proverbs and axioms penned about procrastination. Many self-improvement books and articles have been written on the topic, too. You possibly have some in your files and on your shelf. You may have actually read them. But, have you stopped procrastinating? Don’t feel too badly if you haven’t because it can be very hard to do without a strategy.
There are reasons you procrastinate. A few causes are:
If you want to eliminate procrastination, I don’t think I can help you do that. However, I can give you some easy strategies that I use to significantly improve my ability to get started on tasks and follow through.
5 Simple Strategies to Avoid Procrastination
Try all five ideas or try just a few. I guarantee you’ll find relief from the stress of procrastination because you’ll learn to follow through at work and at home more consistently.
Let me know about your success or struggles with the 5 Strategies to Avoid Procrastination. You may have some good strategies to share with me. I’d love to hear from you.