Just Do It: Kill Your Procrastination Habit
Before we get started, I know this article “Break Your Procrastination Habit” sounds like an oxymoron especially since I have published another article on ‘Be Patient with Yourself.’ However, pay close attention since both articles have a purposeful meaning in your life.
We’ve all heard the phrase that procrastination is the killer of time. But why is it so hard to completely eliminate the fact that we all have that last minute rush? Let’s say for example when you are given an assignment in school. I’m sure we’ve all gotten to a point where we finish our assignments on the very last day. Why? It’s not like we didn’t have enough time.
“Turning pro is a mindset. If we are struggling with fear, self-sabotage, procrastination, self-doubt, etc., the problem is, we’re thinking like amateurs. Amateurs don’t show up. Amateurs let adversity defeat them. The pro thinks differently. He shows up, he does his work, he keeps on truckin’, no matter what.” – Steven Pressfield
This is a very common habit even in Ph.D. students. That said, we really need to get to the bottom of this habit so we can find a good way of eliminating such problems in our lives.
So What Really Drives Our Procrastination Engine?
With the level of brain power and sophistication that humans have developed, we tend to forget the fact that we are just mere animals. The only difference is the high level of IQ when compared to other animals. Look around. In the whole animal kingdom, which other animal can really reach the intelligence of humans? Forget about movies and Sci-Fi theories.
“Perfectionism and procrastination have such a fine line. You say, ‘Well, I want it to be good. I want it to be perfect.’ But what you’re really doing is not doing your work. You’re putting off showing up and being visible because then you’re going to be judged, and it might suck.” – Jen Sincero
That said, deep down our sub-conscious mind, we still harbor some of those animal-like reactions. What do I mean? Well, imagine if we were cats. Don’t you think licking our bodies all day and staying on the couch would make us the most successful animals? Or maybe imagine if we were dogs; don’t you think playing and sleeping all day would have put us on the map of the richest dogs in town?
Now, put that into human perspective. All those activities maybe could have worked in the human race but about a million years ago when man lived in caves. But today, laying around and choosing to have fun instead of working on your task will definitely land you in a lot of trouble.
What Is The Enemy Of Procrastination?
The biggest fear of procrastinators is deadlines. Your procrastination habit is typically afraid of public embarrassment or failure. But that’s not enough to kill this habit. You need to find a good way to motivate yourself and complete your work on time.
That’s because, in situations that do not necessarily have any deadlines, you are likely to procrastinate it for the rest of your life. There are so many life situations that don’t have any deadlines. For instance, quitting your job to start a new start-up. You will find yourself clinging to your job since it settles the bills at the end of the day while your start-up will take years to build.
Here’s the thing: if you end up procrastinating most of the events in your life especially the ones that don’t have any deadline, you will be miserable for the rest of your life. WAKE UP AND JUST DO IT!
Quit that job, go ask that girl out, start your company from scratch, spend some time with your family or even take a moment and complete your objectives. The only limiting factor in all of these scenarios is you. You are the enemy of your own progress; you are the enemy of your own future. Don’t just sit on you’re A$$ and imagine everything will magically fall into place.
You have to put in the work. I guarantee you that no one has success handed to them in a silver spoon. With that in mind, we all have to find a way and work. Jeff Bezos is one of the best examples of this situation. If he only stayed in his job, do you think he would have started Amazon and become the richest person on the planet? Hell NO! So what are you waiting for?
Inspiring Quotes On Procrastination And Productivity
“My advice is to never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.” – Charles Dickens
“How soon ‘not now’ becomes ‘never.” – Martin Luther
“A year from now you may wish you had started today.” – Karen Lamb
“In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” – Theodore Roosevelt
“Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.” – Mark Twain
“Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.” – William James
“If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.” – Olin Miller
“If you put off everything till you’re sure of it, you’ll never get anything done.” – Norman Vincent Peale
“Often greater risk is involved in postponement than in making a wrong decision.” – Harry A. Hopf
“Getting an idea should be like sitting on a pin; it should make you jump up and do something.” – E. L. Simpson
“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” – Napoleon Hill
“Doing just a little bit during the time we have available puts you that much further ahead than if you took no action at all.” – Byron Pulsifer
“Begin doing what you want to do now.” – Marie Beynon Ray
“Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
“Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.” – Dale Carnegie
“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Stop talking. Start walking.” – L.M. Heroux
“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” – Abraham Lincoln
“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” – Pablo Picasso
“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work” – Stephen Kings
“Yesterday is a canceled check. Tomorrow is a promissory note. Today is the only cash you have, so spend it wisely.” – Kim Lyons
“The only difference between success and failure is the ability to take action.” – Alexandre Graham Bell
“You may delay, but time will not” – Benjamin Franklin
“Begin while others are procrastinating. Work while others are wishing.” – William Arthur Ward
“To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.” – Eva Youngs
“Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they started.” – David Allen
“Following-through is the only thing that separates dreamers from people that accomplish great things” – Gene Haydens
“There is nothing so fatal to character as half-finished tasks.” – David Lloyd George
“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.” – Alexander Graham Bell
“Waiting is a trap. There will always be reasons to wait – The truth is, there are only two things in life, reasons and results, and reasons simply don’t count.” – Robert Anthony
“The least productive people are usually the ones who are most in favor of holding meetings.” – Thomas Sowell
“If you have goals and procrastination you have nothing. If you have goals and you take action, you will have anything you want.” – Thomas J. Vilord
“During a very busy life I have often been asked, “How did you manage to do it all?” The answer is very simple. It is because I did everything promptly.” – Richard Tangye
“To do anything in this world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.” – Syndey Smith
“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand—and melting like a snowflake.” – Francis Bacon
“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” – Abraham Lincoln
“Even if you’re on the right track – you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Arthur Godfrey
We are all procrastinators of something in our lives. The only difference is who will burst out of that bubble and make the first step. No one will ever push you to the place you need to be. The only engine and driving force in your life is yourself. At the same time, the only limiting factor is still you.
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