Slaying the Procrastination Monster
Posted by: Ronda Devereaux | March 23, 2014 | 5:56 pm
Procrastination is a monster that lurks in all our lives. If it is not front and center, then it is hiding over in the corner. It is the bane of time management and the ultimate killer of momentum. In fact, procrastination has been defined by some as a time thief. Time is your most valuable asset. People go to extreme measures to protect their money and their possessions, but do very little to ‘protect’ their time – the one thing that money can never buy.
I have a confession to make. The idea for my procrastination series came from the fact that I have been procrastinating this month. What have I been putting off? Writing this blog!!! So as I kept procrastinating, I decided to do a little research on procrastination itself and do several blogs on it (maybe that is my penance).
Your time is limited. Have you ever wondered how many days you have in your lifetime?
At first guess you might say that it is a hundred thousand or even a million. In fact, if you grow to be 70 years old your entire lifetime will only have 25,550 days. If you are 30 now, then you’ve only got another 260,000 hours left – and a third of that will be spent sleeping. Learning to value your time is a powerful strategy for overcoming procrastination and getting the most out of your life. When you value something you will look after it and protect it. To be able to effectively control your time and make every second count, it is vital for you to slay that procrastination monster! Everyone, grab your superhero capes and swords!!!
Slaying that ole procrastination monster can require huge amounts of discipline and willpower, especially at the start. The master key to doing that, however, is pretty simple. Start doing that which you dread the most (I have been out doing yard work the last 2 weeks. I finished TODAY!!!). The rationale is that once you get done with the most dreaded activity, you feel such a sense of accomplishment and invincibility (there is that superhero again) that everything else is easy (OK, easier). You also gain a huge amount of momentum that will leave you rolling over the rest of the days activities without trouble (hence, I am writing my blog).
Instead of slaying many procrastination monsters throughout the day, all you have to do is to slay the king at the start of the day, and the rest of the procrastination gremlins will automatically diminish in power, or even disappear altogether, making your day much more pleasant and leaving you with a much clearer sense of direction. See procrastination as a call to action. It is likely that what you are procrastinating about is something that you ‘must’ do. See, what we don’t do and what we don’t face controls us. But when you face it and you do it, you liberate yourself and it no longer has any control over you. If you have this sense of urgency and awareness that your time is precious, then you won’t allow the time thief to hold you down.
However, do note that this activity does need some getting used to, as I believe there are people who have successfully slain the procrastination monster and ended up feeling traumatized about all the time they have lost in their lives because of procrastination.
This may sound simple, but don’t underestimate the power of this approach. As my favorite mentor always says “The Answers To Life Are Simple”. Once you start getting the feel of how easy it can be to slay that procrastination monster, you will start shaving hours off unwanted shuffling and deliberating, and finally start getting things done in record time. What will you do with all that spare time???