Stop Procrastinating. Start Taking Action

Stop Procrastinating, Get Focussed, Take Action

Are you getting frustrated because you’re not making progress with your online business as quickly as you’d like?

Do you find yourself doing stuff that’s not really important when you know there’s other stuff that you really ought to be doing?

Yes?, well you probably know that you’re practising the Art of Procrastination.

Why do we do it?

Why put off until tomorrow what you can do today?

How is it that we often work on tasks we enjoy and delay the ones we don’t like, even though they’re more important? 

What is procrastination? Why do we do it?

And how come we often work on tasks we enjoy and delay the ones we don’t like, even though they’re more important?

The answer to the first question is easy: procrastination doesn’t make sense, but I have a hunch that the answers to the remaining two questions are related.
When you’re procrastinating, you’re thinking small or short-term, when really, if you really want to achieve stuff, you should be thinking bigger or long-term. Make sense ?

To find out why we procrastinate and don’t take action, let’s start with a definition.

What is Procrastination

The dictionary definition is this: Procrastination is the action of unnecessarily and voluntarily delaying or postponing something despite knowing that there will be negative consequences for doing so.

So in layman’s terms, it is the act of putting off something that’s probably important and/or challenging, which you know you should be doing, but for some reason don’t. Typically, you’ll instead make yourself busy doing something which either could be done later and/or is less important or easier. Sound familiar?

So procrastination could be described as, the art of keeping up with yesterday. Don’t let it master you; you must master it.

To stop procrastinating, you need to understand why you do it. The problem is that when you look at any one instance of procrastination, it looks as if the procrastinator has made a mistake: he put off his work until later. But that’s like saying that someone who had a heart attack last week made a mistake because he did not exercise yesterday.

The human brain is just not wired to think in probabilistic terms over long periods. Instead of planning what we will do with our lives, we tend to improvise them as we go along.

If you’re reading this and wondering whether you should bother to read it all the way through, it’s probably because the part of your brain that wants instant gratification is winning out over the part that wants long-term achievement.

That’s what procrastination is: giving in to short-term temptations to forgo greater gains. And that’s what this article is about: how to avoid giving in to short-term temptations to forgo greater gains.

So, you can probably understand that to stop procrastinating we need to have some strong goals in mind (things we want to achieve),  that we’re serious about and can focus on.When you’re procrastinating you’re thinking small and it’s time to think BIG! This is what will get you to take action.

One of the keys to avoiding procrastination and helping yourself to take action, is getting control of how you spend your time, commonly known as Time Management.

Time Management is one of those skills that will benefit you in whatever you do.
Learning to manage your time will not only help you now but also in the future as well. It can also help you with your study and stress levels too.

Time is something we all have the same amount of each day: 24 hours! It’s often said to be the most valuable resource you have. If you run out of money, you can go and get some more, but you can’t do this with time, there are only ever 24 hours in a day.

How we use this time can vary a lot! Good time management skills can help us work smarter, not harder. It allows for more free time and less stress.

How often have you caught yourself saying this,  “I wish I had more free time?”
If you want to get the most out of your day, it’s important to set goals for yourself and then focus on achieving them.

To be successful at managing your time, you need to know what your goals are. This means setting SMART goals – ones that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic/Relevant and Time-based. All tasks should be written down so that you are clear on what needs to be done and when,  giving yourself a good chance of making sure they’re completed on time.

Time management is the process of planning and exercising conscious control of time spent on specific activities, especially to increase effectiveness, efficiency or productivity.

It is a juggling act of various demands of study, social life, employment, family, and personal interests and commitments with the finiteness of time.

It is a set of principles, practices, skills, tools and systems that help you to take action to accomplish what you want. It is not just about getting more things done in less time; it’s about getting the right things done.

Watch the full video, How To Overcome Laziness And Procrastination here: and get some great advice and tips on how to overcome your time management challenges

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