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Stop Your Procrastinating

Updated on October 19, 2010
Why put off till tomorrow what you can do today?
Why put off till tomorrow what you can do today? | Source

I'm writing this article from my heart. I dont mean to step on toes, but I will say that the truth hurts. I am not only speaking to the procrastinators out there, but to myself as well. I used to let that procrastinating spirit run my life. It was in that time when I became so unorganized, very overwhelmed,and deeply depressed (lots of anxiety, feelings of hopelessness whatever you wish to call it) Today I want to give you tips on how to overcome that procrastinating spirit that we all can let rule our flesh. After all procrastinating is a sin.

So many times we talk about what we are going to do, instead of just doing what we are talking about. It not only hinders our productivity, but it creates a ripple effect for everyone else around us. When you are in a family, the choices that you make effect everyone around you as well. When those things dont get done, it creates chaos, for others and hinders their productivity as well.

So many times we put things off because we are tired. We say we are going to do it later, but then we forget about it. Most of the time they are small tasks, like signing a tax form so your spouse can put it in the mail. After all the taxes are already late cos you drug your feet on getting the deductions together! What about taking out that trash? Making that 10 minute phone call to the bank, and requesting a new debit card? So many times we live under the burdens of our procrastination. We rearrange our lives in order to maintain our problems. We waste money as well. Because the taxes weren't done and sent in on time, there are penalties accrued. Because the trash isnt taken to the dumpster, there is no where else to put it except for inside. Cant keep it outside cos the critters will get in it. No one wants smelly trash in their house. What about the fact that when you cant slide your debit card, you have to take that extra time to go into the store and have them key in the numbers, or you can only process it as credit and so the charges dont show up till a day later? It makes it very hard for the person keeping the finances in order to do their job! All of these things we will allow ourselves to keep doing but we take 10 minutes to an hour out of our time, just to get things straightend out. It doesnt make any sense. Does it?

When things start to pile up we get so overwhelmed. We think...How am i ever going to get this organized? That feeling leads us to putting it off even longer. When we know that we have a ton of things to do, its causes a heaviness in our spirits. It will bring about depression and anxiety, feelings of hopelessness and frustration.

We cannot allow what we "feel" like doing or what we dont "feel" like doing to run our lives. We might not EVER "FEEL" like taking out the trash, but that doesnt mean we cant do it, or that we shouldnt. Here are a few tips to help you get back on the road of efficiency and productivity.

  • Dont wait, do it now. Take that extra minute out of your life to sign that paper, or move that item to the dumpster. That way its out of sight and out of mind for real.
  • Make a list of things to do. Dont expect to do everything in a day, but when you do accomplish something mark it out. It feels good to mark things off of your list.
  • Stop thinking about it. Just do it.
  • Do things one step at a time. If you know that the job ahead of you is going to take up more time then you are liking. Break it down into steps, eventually it will get done.
  • Plan a "time" to get that job done. Plan a time and stick to it. No matter what you feel like that day.
  • Dont look at something as being hard, or too time consuming. Look at is as being a "challenge" We all love challenges!
  • If you are waiting on someone else to help you with a job, go ahead and do your part, or what you can by yourself, that way you will already have a few steps done.

No one likes a procrastinator. They are untrustworthy, and undependable. That surely doesn't make us feel good inside knowing that we aren't dependable. It just ads misery on top of misery. After all our word is who we are. Society has lost touch with that value. Accomplishment feels good, its good for our soul. Try it you will see. God gave us that desire in our heart to be doer's. When we are accomplishing our goals, and doing things that help others around us it will being about that "good feeling" that we are always looking to find. If you have to do it with that feeling like you dont want too, then do it with the feeling like you dont want too. The important thing is that it gets done, not how you feel when you are doing it. I heard something very profound one time, Joyce Meyer said it. She said, In order to change the way you feel, you must change the way you think. If you want that hopelessness, and overwhelming feeling of anxiety to go away. Do these steps above to get you back on track. It will eventually make you feel better about yourself and the tasks that lie ahead!

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This is an awesome book, for both men and women! I have read it, these techniques are tried, and true. It gives you great ideas on how to get your life back in order and how to overcome that procrastinating spirit! Take that first step in that new direction, don't put it off, Check it out TODAY!

 

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    • Natashalh profile image

      Natasha 

      6 years ago from Hawaii

      So true. Procrastinating seems like the easy way out, but it makes life so much more difficult to manage, and downright depressing, too.

      Love your photography, BTW. Your great profile icon is what drew my attention to your hubs!

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      Jamie Brock 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Well, you know what they say.. the truth hurts. Love where above you wrote stop thinking about it. just do it! I think "Just Do It" are the most profound three words ever put together. Not taking care of business breeds fear.. and fear breeds more fear and then before you know it your stuck in the quicksand of hopelessness. Def needed to hear this.. Keep these hubs coming!

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      Jason R. Manning 

      7 years ago from Sacramento, California

      First off, you cannot be too much of a procrastinator if you are running two hubs…lol. Great points, even better yet, let us remove from our lives the things that are not worthy of our time and faith. When I step on toe’s I am wearing my boots…get rid of your cable TV, kill the credit cards, listen to Dave Ramsey, and protect our family’s future. Good hub Leslie, you had me doing a double take…

      God Bless.

      My wife and I just passed 11 yrs in Sept. Congratulations to you, of course I do not know how up to date your profile info is.

    • leslie4130 profile imageAUTHOR

      leslie4130 

      7 years ago from TX

      Raven,

      I am glad that it helped you. All of the suggestions that I give are from my own experiences. God says we are made over comers by our testimony's. He blesses us so that we can be a blessing. He blessed me with healing me of depression and all of the things that go along with it. I want to spread the word and help others. Thank you for looking & commenting.

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      Raven 

      7 years ago

      hey i really needed that, but it didn't mush my toes it went right for the heart OUCH!!!! but thanks, it's like you knew what i was going through or something, love it keep it up!!!

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