Procrastination is a universal problem. It exists in all countries and cultures. And it always has. All of us procrastinate, and for some of us (according to experts, about 1 in 5) it is a persistent and disruptive habit.
So, what is the best way to stop procrastination?
What Is Procrastination
Procrastination is avoiding doing things that need to be done. When we procrastinate, we delay action on an essential task.
The Best Way To Stop Procrastination
I don’t know if it’s “the best” way to stop procrastination, but I have an insight that has helped me dramatically slash my procrastination and increase my productivity.
My secret procrastination-buster is the way I think about time.
Let me explain.
My attitude is that time is my most valuable possession, worth far more than any material thing I own. With it, I have a chance to accomplish great things. Without it, I cannot accomplish anything.
But time is a depleting asset. Once it’s gone, it’s gone forever.
Therefore, there is simply no reason or excuse for wasting this most precious asset.
How we choose to use our time defines our life. If we waste our time, or use it unwisely, we waste our life. At the very least, we slow our progress toward our goals and dreams.
Because I value my time so highly, I’ve gotten to the point that when I put off doing the essential things I must do to accomplish my goals, I feel it in my gut. It’s physically painful.
On the other hand, acting promptly on important tasks — even when I don’t want to — means that I accomplish more goals, and accomplish them faster. And that feels great.
Admittedly, I haven’t always felt this way about time.
When I was younger, I held the illusion that I had unlimited time. I felt that if I didn’t get something done today, there was always mañana. As a result, too much was put off, delayed.
When I changed my attitude about time, procrastination disappeared and my accomplishments exploded. Now that I treasure every moment, I get more important things done and achieve far more.
Here’s what I have learned: When we master our time, we master our life.
Adopt this mindset and procrastination will become something you just don’t have time for.