When it comes to procrastination, I love to do it. When I have work to do I will just sit and talk to people for hours just to procrastinate from doing my work. I actually did it right before writing this. Then when I finally make it to my room and sit down to start, I will go on Facebook, check my email, listen to some music, and do anything else besides my work. I am sure this happens to a lot of us. Recently I noticed something though: no matter how badly I do not want to do my work, if I just get started and focus I can get so much done. I completely forget how much I did not want to do it and just do it.
This made me realize how important it is to get started. You can put so much planning and preparation into any project but nothing will get done unless you get started. However, I mean actually get started. Not doing one problem then checking Facebook again. I mean putting everything else away so that you can focus on the task at hand. Yes, it seems so much easier to procrastinate and put it off until tomorrow, especially if the deadline is far off. However, I believe it is equally as easy to just get the work done if you get started.
Think how many times you had work to do and you told yourself, “It’s not due until Friday, I’ll do it later.” I do it all the time and really there is nothing wrong with that. If you do you work by the time it is due, then it doesn’t really matter when it is done. It does feel a lot better not to have to worry about it. However, think about the work that you want to do that doesn’t have a deadline. What happens when you put off losing those couple extra pounds you wanted to lose? What happens when you put off taking that trip you always wanted to go on? What happens when you put off taking that cooking class you always thought about taking?
Most of the time, the things we want to do in life do not have deadlines. There is no one telling us we need to go to the gym by Friday, or leave for our trip by March, or know how to cook by some special occasion. That makes these things easy to put off. We tell ourselves that we will get to them tomorrow or we will start tomorrow but we seldom do. Even if you put a deadline on it, you know there is no real pressure to actually do it. This is why you just need to start.
When you have time force yourself to start and commit to whatever it is you are starting. Don’t let distractions keep you from really starting and putting everything you have into it. Don’t put things off until tomorrow because you are just wasting your time and your life. The truth is we all have a deadline: death. We do not know when that deadline is and it could come at any time for any reason. Don’t make excuses like you need a better job for more money or that not is just not the right time. Any time is right and there is always some way you can work toward your goal.
If you want to do something just go out and do it. Don’t wait for anything and don’t make excuses for yourself. Procrastination is truly a terrible habit to have and one that I am going to work hard to break.I hope that if you are like me and suffer from procrastination, you break it too. Time is one of our most valuable resources in life and procrastination just wastes it. Stop procrastinating and get started because remember, the secret to getting ahead is getting started.