Thursday, June 2, 2011

Does procrastination hinder your life?

~ Get On Your Feet (Darren Rich's Ultimix) | Gloria Esteban ~

Life is Always Movement
By Sarah Ban Breathnach

Life doesn't ever calm down long enough for us to wait until tomorrow to start living the lives we deserve.

Life is always movement, always change, always unforeseen circumstances. There will always be something to grab your attention.

Let's just acknowledge that as far as real life is concerned, we are only one step away from dealing with dysfunction....Procrastination has robbed us of too many opportunities.

The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.

Whatever we are waiting for - peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance - it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.

About the Author: Sarah Ban Breathnach's work celebrates quiet joys, simple pleasures and everyday epiphanies. She is author of the New York Times bestsellers, Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy and Something More.

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 "Telling someone who procrastinates to buy a weekly planner
 is like telling someone with chronic depression to just cheer up."

Joseph Ferrari, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology at De Paul University in Chicago 

Does procrastination hinder your life?  

It does mine . . . I am a classic procrastinator.  I've come to the conclusion that the root of my problem is simple rebellion that developed in my pre-teen years.  While I understand it, have come to terms with it, I still have not learned how to effectively deal with it.

Along with rebellion are unattainable perfection expectations for myself . . . having unreachable standards discourages me from even starting a task.  The task is put off until the "perfect plan" is in place.

With a little research, I came up with a overcoming procrastination scenario for myself that I hope will help . . . maybe it will help you too.

Just jump in and do it . . . 

Stop spending time planning and
 do the task you dread the most first 

Give yourself a short time limit and
 alternate the task with something you enjoy

Realize that perfection can never
 be attained . . . do your best

Focus on progress

Reward yourself along the
 way of progress

Turn on energetic music to keep
 you moving and motivated

Don't push yourself too far . . . 
realize this leads to boredom or
 frustration resulting in no progress

Are you also a procrastinator?

If you are . . .
How do you motivate yourself?

If you aren't . . .
What is your secret?


Petula said...

Great post! I think you and I are very similar. I procrastinate and I think Sara (the writer you included at top) hit the nail on the head about dreamers need to also be doers. My main issue is that there are always so many things that need to be done that I often get off track or overwhelmed. I'm a single parent of four, running a home and working from home as a writer and editor.

I try to conquer procrastination by dividing up everything I need to do over the course of a few weeks or whatever so that I don't get overwhelmed or run out of time. What happens is that something will come up one day or a child will get sick, which throws me off of my plan and causes a total disruption of the progress. I have to learn how to pick right back up where I left off and catch up without getting tired and overwhelmed.

It doesn't help that I'm a recovering perfectionist. :-)

Gina Alfani said...

LOL Petula @ being a recovering perfectionist :)

I like your approach to conquering procrastination by dividing up those tasks over time instead of trying to do it all NOW and not feeling that sense of accomplishment from unrealistic goals.

Too much to do . . . not enough time!

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Dorothy L said...

I do believe that doing tomorrow what can be done today most certainly delays or even deters many good things to come. Yes, procrastination does come with a price for most. I sometimes wonder who is bothered by it more, the person who is that type or the other that is affected by their ways of procrastination~

Gina Alfani said...

Hey Dorothy . . . I think it depends on the situation . . . in my experience, I would say both at different times.

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