Procrastination: something we all struggle with, but how do we overcome it?
Procrastination. Yep. We’ve all been there. I’ve even planned on writing this for a while, but I just haven’t gotten around to it… 😉
I personally am not a procrastinator. I’m just really productive at doing things that aren’t important.
Now I’m sure you already know this, but if you want something to get done, you have to actually DO it. Unfortunately, many people choose to not just get the job done and instead do something that isn’t productive.
Now procrastination comes in many different ways. Some people procrastinate because they think they can’t do a good job at their task, while some are just downright lazy…
As Christians, we owe it to ourselves and to our God to use the time He’s given us well and for things that are beneficial.
So, have you ever struggled with procrastination, or are you trying to get out of it right now (hint: if you said no, I’ll pray you repent tonight.)? Don’t worry! I’ve come up with *three ways* that can help you kick little Procrastinator Peter out once and for all.
1- Eliminate distractions
Distractions are a HUGE part of procrastination. If you’re a really social person and like hanging out with your friends, then you probably shouldn’t be in a study group if you’ve got an assignment coming up. You’ll probably study for five minutes and then get off topic, and wind up getting hardly any work done.
The same goes for you gamers out there. If you have to study, but your game console or phone is in your room, go to a different room. If YOU can’t move, move the system until you’re done. We also need to practice self control. It’s one of the Fruits of the Spirit.
A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.
~Proverbs 25:28 (NLT)
2- Set realistic goals
I myself fall into the group of people who procrastinate because they think they can’t do their job perfectly. Well *news flash* If you try to be perfect, you’re going to fail!
While we need to be the best we can be and do the best we can do, the reality is we’ll never be perfect. This also applies to having expectations that are too high. When you don’t meet those expectations, your self esteem will be low and you’ll just generally be unhappy. So make sure that you’re setting goals that are reasonable, but can get the job done well and on time.
Also, set some rewards for yourself AS goals. Maybe after studying for 30 minutes, you can use your phone for 5 minutes. This can really help you out.
Don’t give up. Your hard work will be rewarded.
~1 Chronicles 4:10
3- Have a plan
Now I’m not saying you have to plan EVERYTHING, but it’s good to have a plan in place if you’re needing to prepare for something. Some people are good at scheduling out times to do work, some people work better just setting daily goals. Find out what works the best for you.
Let all things be done decently and in order.
~ 1 Corinthians 14:40 (KJV)
Procrastination is a tough thing to get rid of, but if you have a plan, eliminate distractions, and set realistic goals and rewards, you’ll see yourself getting more productive very quickly.
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