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How to Stop Procrastinating, What Is Your Procrastination Level? ( Emunah La-Paz Defines You)
The ironic and sad acknowledgement which surrounds this article is that I have been planning to write on this subject for awhile now; it's just that writing on the concept of procrastination makes me sleepy.
However I decided to tackle my sluggishness by indulging into a subject that hinders many of us.
Procrastination is a hindering word which prevents people from productively performing the necessary task in life.
Procrastination: According to the Wikipedia online free dictionary, Is the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, which causes a person to put off impending tasks to a later time, sometimes to the "last minute" before the deadline.
This article provides key steps on how to conquer procrastination, given that you are not distracted off course.
What Causes Procrastination?
1. A lack of excitement towards the task given.
2. Underestimating the task at hand.
What Is Your Procrastination Level?
1. The Good Intention Procrastinator
Scenario: You Work For One Of The Largest Media Publications In The World, Your Boss Assigns You A Book To Review That Has As Many Pages As The Holy Bible
This task is not a problem. Your boss has given you plenty of time to get the job done. You're a speed reader and you're familiar with the author. You estimate that you will have this review completed way before the generous deadline. Everything is going swimmingly until...
Distraction- Your Best Friend In The Whole Wide World Needs You, She's Getting Married
The Good Intention Procrastinator
Does This Level Of Procrastination Describe You? The Good Intention Procrastinator
Do Friends Come First?
The wedding was spare of the moment, however she has provided you with an all expense paid trip to Vegas. You are scheduled to stay at one of the most renowned resort the Mandarin Oriental located overlooking the strip.
Your best friend has scheduled something to do for every night, shows, spa treatments, all ending with a stellar performance by Celine Dion at the Cesars Palace. But wait...There's more she also has tickets to Maui, it is there that she wants to continue the celebration of her wedded bliss.
You have not been on a vacation in years, ever since you went to go work for your company you have been consumed with book reviews. However you have good intentions because everywhere you go you lug that huge Bible book around in hopes that you will have some downtime between snorkeling, mingling, and partying, to read that book.
Now we all know that some friendships are worth sacrifice of our time, especially when it involves a special event such as a wedding. However perhaps the trip to Maui was a bit too much. Never overextend your time when a committed deadline is involved.
You Had Good Intentions, But You Did Not Read That Book
Your Review Is Due Tomorrow...And you Have Not Read One Page.
Your review is done, and even though you are a speed reader, your gift will only take through a couple of chapters, not only is the book lengthy in details which takes time to unfold into the storyline, you also notice that this is not the same author that you are familiar with.
The Time Has Come
Your boss is waiting for your review, and yes you got the review done through research via the computer, however your boss noticed that the depth of your insight is missing, and your detail is vague, the feedback from your boss in unfavorable surrounding your review.
You now feel like a complete looser. Don't worry, at least you are good friend and now you have a nice refreshing tan.
Wait..Maybe I Don't Got This?
2. The Don't Worry About It, I Got This! Procrastinator
Scenario: A relative that gets on your nerves ever so often, ask you to order a part for their classic automobile in hopes that they will receive item in time to participate in a popular antique car show.
You receive a special discount because you work for a top notch authentic restoration dealership.
The part that your relative needs is a popular item and is always in stock, even though there is paper work that needs to be filled out before obtaining this special part, you are certain that everything will work out fine according your pace. "Don't worry about it I got this!" Is your attitude.
A week before your relative's show, you decide to locate the part, so that this person can stop bugging you. While you are searching through your data a special notice pops up which indicates that your dealership no longer carries the part, however the item can be ordered from your sister company in Europe, it will take a month for the part to arrive.
The good news is that now the relative you don't like, is no longer speaking to you.
I Give Up! Call Me Lazy
This could be one of the saddest forms of procrastination, due to the fact that you just don't care. Not too many people will admit to this form of procrastination, possible due to their nonchalant demeanor. Perhaps the best thing about procrastination that is fueled by laziness is that it detours people from asking or expecting much out of you. Unfortunately the scenario ends up the same in which the outcome is laziness.
Discipline Is Key
We can all grasp a clear concept of staying on task by observing Nehemiah a diligent worker who showed disciplined as he worked on restoring the Jerusalem Walls, Nehemiah endured all types of temptation and obstacles, yet he was determined to finish his job.
How To Stop Procrastination
Tackle your project little by little, right down your agenda in order to help minimize the task.
Example: How To Break Down My Task By Breaking Down The Project
Outline Your Plan
Take a Break If Neaded
Start The Task At Hand
Step Two: Conquer What You Like About The Task
You have to start somewhere, you might as well start off with the topic that you like first, then the rest will follow.
Step 3: Stay Focused
There will always be something more exciting to do than work or school, distractions are a part of leading a disciplined life will help you succeed and achieve your goals.