Procrastination I believe is the enemy no. 1 of your goals and all the rewards that you so naturally deserve. I can say it with complete authority as I had been a master procrastinator myself for a considerable period of my life.
Procrastination is the habit of keep on delaying your action often indefinitely. How many times you have heard yourself saying that you will do something tomorrow, and somehow that tomorrow never comes.
I has sailed enough in the same boat. As a result, I not only lost precious time, but also a number of good opportunities. The habit of procrastination, robbed me my chances of earning more money, building on important relationships and all the happiness that could have been mine. This also resulted in poor health, lack of peace and security, fewer friends which often led to hopeless situations.
As I decided to take control of my life, I realized that one major work on my personality was to replace my habit of procrastination. Why I use the word replace is because, you can not change a habit, but you can replace a bad habit with a good one. In order to something about it I analyzed the reasons that made me procrastinate, since, I new that if I have to change something I have to work on the roots of the problem. Later, my research in this area showed that for most of the people the reasons for procrastination are same as me.
Here are the reasons that made me procrastinate:
Waiting for right mood or time
Fear such as Fear of failure, Fear of Ridicule, Fear of Rejection, etc
Unable to set my priorities right
ARE THEY TRUE FOR YOU TOO?
If yes, read on how I overcame this habit. It worked for me; it will work for you as well. After all it is the biggest enemy standing between you and your success.
1. Recognize that you are procrastinating
The first step to do something about any problem is to recognize that the problem exits. If the things are not happening the way they should; if you are not achieving the way you want to; if you never seem to finish your assignments on time; or feel rushed just before the deadline; you are making plans after plans but, never taking action on them; then please look into yourself. Chances are that you too suffer from the habit of procrastination.
Take a sheet of paper NOW and make a list of things that you have been thinking of doing, but have not done it so far. Just make a list and do it NOW
2. Identify the reason that is making you procrastinate
For each of the thing that you have written down on your list there may be one or more of the above reasons that is making you procrastinate. It is possible that you couldn't just get around doing it, i.e. you are still waiting for the right mood and time, or that there are other things that are taking priority. May be there is some kind of fear in your mind or you simply think that you will not be able to do it very well (perfectionism). However, chances are that you had been plain lazy. It could be any one of these or may be a combination. I know it and understand you. After all I was also there once upon a time.
3. Getting over it
Identifying the cause of the problem is often half the problems solved. Here, I am trying to give you some very practical ways to fight with your internal enemy that is preventing you from reaching your goal.
A. If you keep on waiting for the right mood or time: This is perhaps the single largest reason for procrastinating. Rather than calling a reason I must call it an excuse. 'Oh, I am feeling too tired today'; ' It is already late today'; ' Let me get refreshed a bit by watching TV'; these are the kind of excuses, I used to make for not doing something. May be you do it too, using some different words.
This happens as the task that you have to do is either not very pleasant to you. We are always having the mood and find time to do things that we enjoy doing or find pleasant. In order to do things that you do not find interesting or unpleasant do the following two things