Putting Things Off – The Post on Procrastination I’ve Been Meaning to Write

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Putting Things Off | The Post On Procrastination I've Been Meaning To Write

What is Procrastination?


definition of procrastination is the time a person spends putting off the things that need to be done now, by focusing on something completely different. The thing that needs to be done now takes some effort and concentration, or it could be something not very enjoyable and therefore, gets pushed to the back of ones mind, in favour of something easier or more pleasurable.

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Yesterday You Said Tomorrow

Why do we put things off?


I wondered what my life would be like without procrastination and it doesn’t bare thinking about. My life would be completely different. I image yours would be too.

I thought it important to write something on this subject. Well, it was a suggested topic from a friend.

My reply was, “Good idea, I’ll make sure I get around to doing it”. When I heard myself saying this, I laughed. There it was, my procrastination, the words just rolled off my tongue.

Later NowI frequently hear myself saying things like, ‘I’ll get around to it’ or ‘I’ll do it later’. These phrases can stop me from actually ‘doing’ anything. I’ve spend a lot of time with ‘stuff’ I should have done swimming around my head.

I’ve lost many hours staring at social media or checking emails, wasted time really.

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“Procrastination is the thief of time”Edward Young

To relate this subject to working online at home, I don’t have a boss leaning over me giving me tasks and deadlines. I set my schedule and because I am working in my home environment, it’s easy to become distracted with other things.

I knew this area of my life, this shortcoming, if you like, needed addressing if I was going be successful and achieve something.

I am continually working on being more organized; some days are more productive than others. I have strategies in place to prevent me from slipping and sliding too much and I don’t beat myself up for not being perfect.

Some of the strategies I use include:

Organizing my work space.

— Goal Setting.

— Keeping a diary.

— Using a Whiteboard to write lists.

— Evaluating how my day went in the evening.


What are you afraid of?


Did you know?..

Perfectionists quite commonly are procrastinators. They can tell themselves that they haven’t got the required skill to do a job and therefore put off doing it.

Being disorganized can lead to procrastination. Being organized and creating a ‘To Do’ list can help with this. It is also a good idea to set goals.

If you tackle unpleasant jobs first you are less likely to procrastinate. Do boring jobs first. Get what you are avoiding out of the way, make room for fun tasks.

Feel overwhelmed by a task can lead to procrastination. Break a job down into smaller tasks can help with this.

A person can procrastinate due to fear of success. You fear that completing the job may mean having to live up to massive expectations.

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Are You Afraid That You Just Might Succeed?

Read my article, How to Succeed Working at Home’, for some useful suggestions you can try out. It would be great to know how you get on so let me know in the comments box below.

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Want to learn how to build a business online? If so get in touch, I can help. I began working online in 2011 because I wanted the freedom to work when I wanted and to get away from being an employee. I've learned lots in that time and now work full-time from home online. With this website I aim to help others who also want to work from home and learn about the online world. Leave a comment in the box below or use the contact page on this website. You can also connect with me over at Wealthy Affiliate. Here is my profile link, Suzanne-SB's Profile at WA.


10 Comments on “Putting Things Off – The Post on Procrastination I’ve Been Meaning to Write”

  1. Really excellent post, I certainly adore this site, keep on it. The quote, “Procrastination is the thief of time”
    by Edward Young is so true. I think a big part of my problem is believing I am worth success! I will use some of your tips such as breaking tasks into smaller jobs. What else would you suggest?

    1. Hi Darren,

      Fear of success is more common than people realize. See if you can answer these questions they may help:

      Why am I standing in my own way?

      What do I need to let go of?

      What words have others said that still fill your mind?

      What does success look like to me?

      Are there smaller successes along the way you can set to get to your big success?

      What happens when I am successful?

      If I can offer more assistance please do let me know.

  2. People doesnt like change by nature thats why I think we procrastinate most of the time. We dont know what we are getting ourselves to, or what may happen if we do some things. But I just always tell myself “you wouldn’t know if you try”. And just like Wayne Gretzky said, “you miss 100% of the shots that you dont take”

  3. Yep, I can totally relate to this post. There are definitely moments when I say I’ll do this thing later . . . and then I do it again and again and again lol. Very nice suggestions on how to deal with procrastination, they’ll be useful when that next bout comes in lol.

  4. Hi Suzanne. Thank you for this valuable post, it really touches few things I was needing to learn, thanks to this article I have learned not to put things to do later but get on it as quick as possible. This “A person can procrastinate due to fear of success. ” is what really applies to me and I do not know how to fight with it, please help. Kind regards. Marek

    1. Fear of success is a tough one Marek. Ask yourself these questions:

      Why am I standing in my own way?

      What do I need to let go of?

      What words have others said that still fill your mind?

      What does success look like to me?

      Are there smaller successes along the way you can set to get to your big success?

      What happens when I am successful?

      If you can identify and name some your blocks and begin to address them, you will be well on your way to a successful career.

      Let me know if I can help further?
      regards
      Suzanne

  5. Are you serious about beating procrastination? I’ve been struggling with mine for the last 10 years and read countless books and self help methods. Here is what I’m having best results with. First of all, procrastination bulldozer method has worked wonders for me. I highly recommend you apply it. Secondly, whenever you have a task that takes less than 5 minutes to do, do it right away. No delays. I’m really starting to take control of my life now.

    1. Thanks for the comment Lia, you gave some really useful suggestions and I’m glad you are tackling your procrastination. I use similar methods like the 5 minute task thing, I’ve not heard of the bulldozer method though, I’ll have to check it out.

      regards
      Suzanne

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