A lot of people say that they work better when they are pressured, that their creativity comes out best when deadline is drawing near, et cetera. I think this is dump. And by dump you know what I truly mean. The thing is, if we only put importance to things, that’s when we prioritize them. I’ve seen several “marketing executives” claim to do their jobs but only get terrified and work hard when the quota deadline is heading near. Or the advertiser waiting for the last minute to think about that creative presentation pitch. And don’t forget the college students who only work on their thesis the night before it’s due.
The thing is, we like to procrastinate. We like taking early vacations, we like to hear the good news first and we want to delay work as late as possible. Is this good? No, it’s not. When was the last time you actually didn’t procrastinate? When’s the last time you actually prepared for something and got enough time to adjust, got the right results, and a part of you even thinks you overdid yourself? And wasn’t that a nice feeling? If we keep delaying work, we are secretly developing a fear for it. If we operate with this fear, then there’s no use wishing for a stellar career.
So, remember that feeling of a great preparation? Get that feeling back. To stop procrastinating is letting yourself take back the power, and use it working on what’s “now”. Start a legit savings account where you set aside a part of your monthly income. Start paying for insurance; you don’t really know what will happen in the future. Start investing; there are several ways to do so in terms you can afford. Start working towards the body you want. Refine your resume and fearlessly apply for your dream job. Condition yourself in associating positive feelings towards working on your goals. Sooner than you know it, procrastination will be a thing of the past.
I have a small notebook where I list my to-dos for the day. Sometimes, I’d catch myself using the same list for the next day because I’ve been procrastinating like an expert. Then, when I finally check off all the things-to-do, I get that special feeling of fulfilment. And note that in my job as an event coordinator, our to-do lists are a mile long. One day, I just decided to want to get that feeling more. And I tell you, I haven’t fully won against it. It’s a tough battle, but we’ll get through.
Are you ready to make life-changing commitments? Are you ready to make positive changes? Quit procrastinating.