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Procrastination And How It Is The Killer Of Dreams

Updated on January 7, 2013
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Too Long ,To Do Too Little

Procrastination has affected the lives of so many of us, and it is common among the young and old. A common misconception is that procrastination is a sign of laziness. Many hardworking driven people are in fact, serial procrastinators. Procrastination is a monster that feeds upon it's own self to grow. The longer one procrastinates , the easier it is to continue in it.

It is tricky because it tells one ,that which they wish to accomplish can be delayed until tomorrow, and becomes until next week, next month, next year, and before we know it- decades have passed.

It is not to be said either that procrastinators are not ambitious. In fact, quite often, the oppostie is true. It is however true that the amount of ambition to patience, is greatly imbalanced. Too often we want instant results, and instead of accomplishing at the least, something. We sit idle and accomplish nothing.

We can often think of procrastination in terms of big things like writing that novel, or going back to school. Yet we can often hold off things like cleaning the garage, or painting that spare room.

HERE ARE A FEW ANTI-PROCRASTINATION MEASURES:

  • TAKE SMALL STEPS TOWARD YOUR GOALS OR TASKS. Even small steps are better than no steps at all. Rome was not built in a day.
  • POSITIVE AFFIRMATION. Look in the mirror and affirm your plans to yourself. Keep repeating to yourself what you WILL do.
  • AS A PROVERB SAYS: Each journey begins with one step.
  • DON'T REMIND YOURSELF OF PAST FAILURES OR MISSED OPPOURTUNITIES.
  • DON'T GET STUCK IN PAST ACHIEVEMENTS. Although it's good to be mindful and thankful of past accomplishments; you can perhaps lose out on future endeavors if stuck in the past. Heading toward new accomplishments, small and big is like a small bit of 'rebirth'.
  • MAKE A LIST. Keep mental notes too, of what you set out to do. Credit yourself when they are done.
  • BE REALISTIC. Don't look too far ahead.
  • SET ASIDE SOME TIME. To do what needs to be done (within reason). Don't give in to distractions, and unnecessary demands on your time.

DON'T LISTEN TO NEGATIVITY. Don't let anyone tell you: you're too old, too young, you never will, you never have before, you're too slow, too fast, or any such thing.

Negativity is like that cheap, harsh cologne when it's been sprayed on too thick ; it lingers in the air and chokes. When it comes to negativity and those who dispense it don't procrastinate or hesitate in getting away!









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    • Steve Orion profile image

      Steve Orion 4 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      Definitely some good advice, here. It's funny how I came across this at this moment, as I am on summer break and have accomplished very little, compared to what I had hoped. Too often I've though, "I'll publish that movie review tomorrow," or, "I'll read that book later, when I'm more in the mood."

      A killer of dreams, indeed!

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      Hey Laurinzo, I'm usually pretty good about getting stuff done, but some days I just "veg" and say "I'm on strike." Thank goodness I got plenty of work, in this economy, I'm just grateful. Thanks for sharing a great hub! Voted up!

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Good Hub! Procrastination gets hold of me sometimes for sure. Great pointers here!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Welcome to HubPages! (a little late but sincere) I hope you continue to like it here. This hub is so relevant and your anti-p measures are very helpful and practical. Good job! Voted up and useful.

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      Cat R 4 years ago from North Carolina, U.S.

      Guilty until proven innocent!

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      Frank Slovenec 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Procrastination is a killer of success and a killer of dreams Your Hub is Great common sense..posted up on the wall...very well down thank you...

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Yes Steve I can definitely relate to that. I wrote this one mostly to inspire myself, this is a very personal issue for me. Thank you for your comment. And I am waiting for your book... know it will be a good read Steve.

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you eHealer I know that "veg" state all too well. Glad you got out of the "veg" and wrote some great stuff on here for us. Thanks for your comments.

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you xstatic. I am pushing myself forward today!

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you MsDora... glad you enjoyed the hub, and very much appreciate the welcome.

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      You too huh, Cat R? At least we can acknowledge it, right? Thanks for commenting.

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you FSlovenec for those very kind words... when writing this one (trust me) I was pushing myself ... becasue I am P"s biggest victim at times.

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      healthyone1 4 years ago

      I'm clicking :)

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      LOVE THIS, especially the intro where you point out the difference between proscrastination and laziness! I have a habit of callin gmyself lazy, and everyone tells me I am the exact opposite, I am doing too much becuase I fill my time with little easy things to avoid the big or difficult ones.... This is a good kick in the pants for me. Thanks!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Laurinzo, excellent hub. I think it takes the discipline of keeping to a time schedule! Thanks for sharing this. Up, Awesome and passing it on.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      I'm a professional procrastinator! Your suggestions of making lists and setting small goals has worked for me. It's also important to eliminate distractions if you can. But we procrastinators can always find some excuse... LoL.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Guilty! I do make lists but don't finish them. I need to set smaller goals. Accomplishing tiny tasks is better than nothing at all. Thanks for the reminders. :-)

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      Dan Barfield 4 years ago from Gloucestershire, England, UK

      Totally with you on this one! I procrastinate regularly. Tick lists work wonders... If I get round to making them :)

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      Taleb AlDris 4 years ago

      I thought I will postponed my comment then I told myself at least start from now. Haha.

      "DON'T LISTEN TO NEGATIVITY." I think this is one of the most important tips, Thanks for sharing this hub.

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you Dana for commenting and hopefully in this New Year I too will stop procrastinating. For me it is about to greedily looking at the big picture; but not being willing to take the baby steps, and I wind up taking none. Thanks for your very insightful words Dana

      Bless you my friend

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      I very much appreciate your comments Michelle... and I am going to push myself to do just that

      A time schedule that highlights some small and larger tasks that I can mark off is a very viable plan

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Lol... I am guilty of that Stephanie definitely ... finding excuses that is. Have a great day and thanks for your comments .

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      I applaud your honesty Victoria, and that has been the thorn in my side as well...is the probably not appreciating the small tasks enough to complete them

      Thank you so much for your comments

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Lol... yes Dan getting around to the task of not procrastinating... a task in and of itself. I have learned to inwardly applaud myself, and at times reward myself when i get the smaller tasks done; that eventually lead to bigger ones

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Yes Talebo80 I very much appreciate your comments, and it is true that the negativity of others can deter and hinder us ... so RUN!!!!

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      Taleb AlDris 4 years ago

      Sure, I will run, thanks.

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting...

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