You are slowly killing your dreams by doing one simple thing! The worse thing is you may not even notice that you are doing it. Sometimes you do notice but can’t seem to find the push to change. It’s so simple that you probably brush it off as something minor. It’s a simple action with a giant impact. What is this action? Procrastination!
Some of you saw that coming from a mile away. Procrastination can be such a dream killer. It can slow down the process of reaching a goal, or it can kill it completely! How many times have you said not now even though you had the time to get it done? How many times have you told yourself you’ll work on it tomorrow? Similarly, how many times have tomorrow come, and you said to yourself next week? You are constantly procrastinating.
Procrastinating is Stressful
As a person who has been practicing the art for so long that it has become a habit, I understand it is a struggle. It seems so hard to change when things have always worked out in the end. The work gets put off, but it always gets done before time. However, I have come to realize that this is not the way to look at it. Procrastinating leads to stress! How many times have you been on your phone not doing what you should be doing and stressing over the fact that you aren’t doing what you should? Even so, you still refuse to do what you should! I’m guilty of that on many occasions. Sometimes we even tend to leave the work until the last day, then get stressed over how much work needs to get done? Why not get the job done now so we’ll have the rest of the time to relax?
Don’t Kill Your Dreams
It’s hard to think about a task from that point of view. Some of us have activities that don’t have a due date. We, therefore, keep putting it off because we know that there aren’t any consequences. However, what about those tasks surrounding our goals? Goals take work. They take consistency. You have to be striving to be one step closer. However, what happens when you keep putting off the next step? You’re pushing yourself further away from your goals.
You may even start making yourself miserable as it takes longer to be where you want to be, and you know you could have been further along the journey if only. You may even start being disappointed in yourself because you know you could have done better if you didn’t procrastinate. Sometimes we procrastinate by watching videos, movies or imagining where we want to be in life instead of taking that time to work to accomplish it. It is hard to stop procrastinating. However, through small steps, a change can happen.
Tips To Try
- Remember why you started, where you want to be and, tasks that will get you there. Remind yourself of the rewards you’ll experience when you get there.
- Make a small task list- large long lists can be discouraging, and you might fall back into the routine of procrastinating. Therefore start small, then work your way up. Start with the easier things on the list so that you don’t feel overwhelmed as you begin.
- Balance work and play- sometimes we procrastinate because reaching our goals seem to be all work. There is no time allocated to destress or do anything else. You can see this as a good thing by telling yourself you are getting yourself much closer. However, this is not good as it could kill your drive and excitement. Balance so that you won’t feel overwhelmed when it’s time to put in some work.
- Set deadlines- write down reasonable deadlines for your tasks and stick to them. At times we put off personal tasks without a reason because we know they don’t have immediate consequences such as losing a job. Therefore by being held accountable by you or a friend, you can get more done.
A lot of us procrastinate, especially in a time like this where it’s hard to stay motivated. However, the world is still spinning, and so are we. We can not give up now, as life will only continue to give us challenges. It’s time for us to stop killing our dreams and stressing ourselves by procrastinating. It’s time for a change. This change begins with you. Change your perspective, and train yourself to stop procrastinating, one day at a time. We can do this!