Preventing Procrastination: What Is It and Why Do We Do It?
Welcome to the beginning of my new blog series. The theme for this one is “Preventing Procrastination and Pursuing Purpose.”
It’s a commonly repeated adage: “Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.” OK, maybe not intentionally, but it happens, nevertheless. Sad, but true. Unfortunately, procrastination often enters into the picture and contributes to the problem of failing to plan.
When we fail to plan ahead, it also often means we neglect to finish many of the things we start. Instead of setting and meeting deadlines, we think in terms of “maybe” and “when I get around to it” and “someday”…
Finish what you start!!
So what exactly is this thing called procrastination? Courtesy of the Free Online Dictionary, the definition of procrastination is “To put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness” and “To postpone or delay needlessly.”
Do I hear a collective “ouch”?
Yeah, I am reminded of all the craft and sewing projects I have lying around the house…
not to mention freelance work I have attempted and given up on completing…
changes in my lifestyle for the sake of my health that I started and have not been consistent in maintaining…
the ongoing struggle to keep up with my grad work, instead of quitting…
trying to meet everyone else’s needs when I’m sometimes not even sure I have the strength to manage my own…
OK, OK – I get the message!!
As Joyce Meyer shared in a couple of her devotional books that I read regularly:
From Starting Your Day Right: “Procrastination is one of the greatest barriers to putting God’s word into action in our lives. It takes self-control to DO something, and it also takes self-control NOT to do something. Ask God to fill you with the power of self-control in order to overcome procrastination and be a doer of the Word.”
From New Day, New You: “If you have been tempted recently to give up – DON’T! If you don’t finish the thing you are currently involved in, you will face the same challenges in the next thing you start. Some people spend all their lives starting new things and never finishing anything. Let us make the decision that we will be more than people who never reached their full potential.”
So procrastination is also a barrier, a lack of self-control, an unwillingness (?) to finish what we start, and an inability to fulfill our potential. Yikes! Sounds to me like procrastination is definitely something we want to prevent and ban from our lives! [To be continued!]
What about you? Do you struggle with procrastination? If not, or if you have recently begun to better manage your time, what tips can you share?