Do you procrastinate?
I used to a lot, both at work and in my personal life.
Procrastination is a popular word for putting off things you should be doing now. Important, urgent things. Submitting a report to your boss. Solving an important client’s issue. Taking an important decision in your personal life.
By the way, procrastination is not only doing nothing while you should be acting. If you’re doing something else instead of doing that thing, you are also procrastinating.
Why is procrastination so bad?
Because it melts your discipline and will of power. And the other way round – not procrastinating strengthens your discipline and sharpens your will of power.
Since I didn’t (and don’t) like procrastination, I came up with one simple method how to fight it.
Every time I am about to procrastinate, I take 3 simple steps:
1. Promise myself a reward.
2. Complete the action.
3. Get the reward.
It really does help.
Say I complete a tedious routine task and get myself a cup of tea afterwards. Or call the client on the phone and then check out the latest international news.
This doesn’t sound complicated, and it is effective.
After all, as already mentioned overcoming procrastination trains your will, which is a pre-requisite for success. And each day brings tons of opportunities to do such a training.