We all do it – put off a responsibility until later because we don’t feel like doing it now.
But when we avoid paying the utility bill, for example, we receive an overdue notice, and eventually a disconnection notice, which increases our stress.
“Procrastination is the fear of success. People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy, carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the “someday I’ll” philosophy.” –Denis Waitley, (Author of The Psychology of Winning)
Mark Kennedy says these four tips will help you overcome the habit of putting things off:
1) Say “I choose” rather than “I have to” when referring to duties, so it doesn’t sound like you are being forced to do something.
2) Focus on STARTING a project, not FINISHING a project, because it sounds like it will take too long to complete it.
3) Focus on repeatedly starting something. This revs up your motivation, and finishing creates stress. “When can I start?” is what you ask yourself, and break the project down into
smaller pieces so it’s not overwhelming.
4) Schedule in your playtime first, before you tackle your duties and then it gives you something to look forward to. This helps you avoid burnout, and lets you manage your work time.