Are you a procrastinator?

Think big, start small

Do you procrastinate?

Don’t worry, it’s not like admitting some dirty little secret – but it is recognising the reality and demands of modern life.

Most of us procrastinate from time to time but we don’t want to make it a habit; we want to be more effective and find it frustrating when we’re not.  Often the reasons for our procrastination are pushed into the background mayhem, leaving us feeling less than fulfilled.

Admitting that you procrastinate is the first step to being more productive, and you could end up making some significant positive changes in your life. Procrastination isn’t laziness, although if you’re lazy this certainly won’t help, and it doesn’t mean doing something the second you think of it. We all have to prioritise and it makes sense to let an idea develop before launching headlong into a new project.

We all know people who get so excited about their latest idea that they drop everything and jump right in. These people tend to have several projects ‘on the go’ and rarely finish anything before chasing the next big thing (their next sure fire plan to instant success and fortune). They get an ‘A+’ for excitement and enthusiasm but an ‘F’ for follow-through.

Yet they also jump to the next thing while procrastinating on the first thing they started. Or sometimes the idea is there but the action isn’t. The four Ps – Preparation, purpose, planning and persistence – will beat procrastination.

We need to find a middle ground, where ideas, effort and execution come together in a meaningful way. There’s a great prize for those that find it. The hardest part is starting, and by reading this post you have started!  In the next post we’ll look why we procrastinate at all.

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2 Responses to “Are you a procrastinator?”

  1. paulhassing Says:

    Nice piccie, WLB2! I sure can relate to this post. More later. When I get round to it … 🙂

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